Lionel Messi does not want his Argentina side to be grouped alongside Spain at the 2018 Fifa World Cup in Russia.
According to the Barcelona star, meeting Spain will be the worst possible draw for his side.
“The worst that could happen to us would be to draw Spain at the group stages,” Messi told TyC Sports Wednesday from Moscow where Argentina play Russia in a friendly on Saturday.
“I would prefer to avoid them, they’d be tough opponents.”
Speaking further, the five-time Ballond’Or winner listed Brazil, Germany, Spain and France as favourites for the title.
“I think that at the moment, they’re the strongest teams who give the best impressions, those who are playing best, with the best individuals,” the Olympic Gold medalist noted.
And on his country’s last minute qualification, he said: “I always believed we’d get there, but I thought we would have tied up qualification before the Ecuador game.
“I would love to play for Newell’s Old Boys, in the stadium where I’ve seen so many matches.
“I don’t know what’s going to happen in the coming years, how I’m going to feel. I live from day to day, I’m not focused on the future.”