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Messi: Argentina have gone trophyless for too long

The Barcelona superstar is looking to leave Chile with some silverware and maintains his dream is still to win the World Cup

Lionel Messi is hoping to end Argentina's 22-year wait for a senior title at the 2015 Copa America.

The Albiceleste last won the continental competition in 1993 and have since endured a barren run of over two decades without silverware on the international stage.

It has been too long, according to the Barcelona superstar who wants to finally end his country's wait for a trophy in Chile this summer.

"We’ve had some great teams since we last won a trophy, but have gone too long without winning," Messi told Short List.

"We came close in Brazil, but the World Cup is behind us now. The objective is to win Copa America."

However, the 27-year-old predicts that there will be plenty of competition for continental glory.

"Ourselves and Brazil are very strong, but Colombia showed at the World Cup how strong they are, Uruguay have big players, and Chile will be strong at home," he added.

"Many teams have a chance to win."

Messi came close to ending Argentina's wait for a trophy at the World Cup in Brazil last July, only losing to an extra-time goal from Mario Gotze in the final.

But the Rosario-born forward still harbours hopes of being crowned world champion before the end of his career.

"It is the ultimate goal in football, and it is still a dream I have," Messi said.

"So many of my team-mates at Barcelona have won it, and it is a dream to one day know what that feeling is like."

Argentina's first match at the Copa will see them take on 2011 runners-up Paraguay in La Serena.

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