Lionel Messi makes future admission after leading Argentina to win over Peru

Lionel Messi believes Argentina are growing as a team after picking up a vital 2-0 win over Peru in the South American World Cup qualifiers.

There have been doubts over Messi's commitment to the national team amid frustrations over their struggles at international level.

But he now appears set to lead them to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, which could be his last tournament for Argentina.

On Tuesday night, Nicolas Gonzalez put Argentina ahead in Lima before Lautaro Martinez doubled the lead in the 30th minute.

Unsurprisingly Messi was at the heart of Argentina's best play and they are now just two points behind table-toppers Brazil.

And speaking after the match, Messi insisted he was still fighting for his country.

"I always come here with the intention of giving my all and I feel I am capable of fighting for this shirt," he said.

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"I feel well in continuing to work and play matches.

"I believes this is the path we have to continue on.

"Little by little we are becoming stronger as a group."

Last month, Messi's former team-mate Pablo Aimar said the 33-year-old's dedication to the Argentina cause shouldn't be questioned.

"He is happy, it is no small thing to be happy, to enjoy the moments, and obviously go to the games to win," Aimar told Goal.

"Do I see him with the same dedication as always? Who can doubt his dedication, I never had doubts. I like to see him play, I would have liked to seen him elsewhere.

"I really like to see him train, I have the enormous privilege of seeing him train. Wherever he is, I will watch him play."

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