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Saturday, June 5, 2010
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Messi vows to be on form

Soccernet staff

FIFA World Player of the Year Lionel Messi has vowed to transform his club performances onto the world stage this summer.

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Messi has often been criticised for failing to hit top form in international football, but the Barcelona forward thinks his time has come to prove he can continue his phenomenal scoring form for Argentina.

Messi scored 47 goals in all competitions for his club last season and goes into the finals primed to impress.

He said in the Sun: "I am confident and convinced that I will repeat my performances for Barca for my country during the World Cup.

"My dream is to lead Argentina to glory in South Africa. I hope we will do well and, as an individual, to be able to play as I do for my club Barcelona and become a champion.''

Diego Maradona's side only scraped into the finals courtesy of a 1-0 win over Uruguay in their final qualifier amid a storm of criticism over the national team legend's eccentric management style.

Messi said: "We struggled in the qualifiers because they are complicated. We had to play a few games away at the start where it is always difficult and we also had the change of a manager when Diego Maradona took over midway through the qualifiers.

"But qualifying made us stronger and made us determined to show that in the World Cup it won't be the same as in the qualifiers.''

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