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Messi focused on Barca success

August 2, 2010
By Soccernet staff

Lionel Messi admits he was hit hard by Argentina's World Cup exit but insists he is now fully focused on success with Barcelona again.

Lionel Messi
GettyImagesLionel Messi looks shell-shocked as Argentina head home from the World Cup

Argentina impressed during the group stage in South Africa and then eliminated Mexico, but their hopes of an unexpected triumph ended as they were thrashed 4-0 by Germany in the quarter-finals.

"It did affect me a lot because I did not expect to lose against Germany, but that is over and nothing more can be done," he said. "Looking back for too long would be a mistake. I have recovered and I am only thinking about Barcelona now.

"The aims are always the same. This year we will be going for all the titles. We know it's difficult but we have a great squad. The group is keen to get going again and we are in good shape to get started."

Messi - who added that he would be happy to see Barca team-mates Xavi and Andres Iniesta win the Ballon d'Or - also reiterated his desire to see Cesc Fabregas return to Camp Nou.

"It would be a pleasure to play again with Cesc," he said. "If he comes then he would have no problem adapting."