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Lionel Messi will be acutely aware that this is nearly certainly his final World Cup at his peak.

Argentina's leading man notched a hat trick Tuesday in a 4-0 victory over Haiti in an worldwide friendly.

Haiti never truly challenged Argentina on the other side and didn't have the firepower to keep pace with the all-time great. We don't want to send the message, 'We're going to win the World Cup because we're the best.' because the reality is we aren't.

Goal 4: Lionel Messi sets up Sergio Aguero for the fourth goal of the match.

The 30-year-old, who has represented Argentina 123 times in his career so far, was eligible to play for La Furia Roja back when he was just 16 years of age, then playing in the La Masia academy.

Argentina face Haiti on Tuesday night and Israel on June 9 in their two friendly matches ahead of the World Cup.

Messi's first goal came on a penalty kick after Celso drew a foul inside the box, and the second came off a rebound of Celso's header from point-blank range.

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La Albiceleste almost missed out on a place in next month's World Cup but for the exploits of the pint-sized magician, as his brilliant hat-trick against Ecuador last October helped guide the nation to Russian Federation, after it looked certain that Jorge Sampaoli's men would fail to qualify.

This was a clear warning to the rest of the nations competing in Russian Federation this summer.

That figures to be a problem for the rest of the world. That doesn't exactly scream capable of keeping up with Messi, especially given how impressive he has been of late.

The loss against Spain in March and the struggles throughout qualifying have reduced expectations in Argentina.

"People need to know that we are not going to Russian Federation as favourites but we have a group of very good players and we are ready to scrap", Messi said.

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