The 30-year-old five-time Ballon d’Or shone four years ago as Argentina reached the World Cup final in Brazil but it was a step too far as Germany edged them out in extra time.
International honours with his country have evaded Messi despite his success at club level with Argentina beaten in the Copa America final in 2015 and 2016 but the La Liga top scorer last season have another shot at cementing his status as an all-time great footballer in this summer tournament.
Tevez believes his countrymen will be in contention, with there only two sides capable of competing with the Albiceleste if they perform to their potential.
The Boca Juniors striker told Corriere della Sera: “I am sure that this is Messi’s World Cup.”He has a lot of anger in his body, even if he does not show it.”I don’t think this will be his last tournament, but I expect a great World Cup.
“Argentina is one of the favourites. Only Germany and Brazil are at our level.”Messi will be hoping to help Argentina get off to a good start as they take on Iceland in their opening group game tomorrow
The Barcelona forward is among the favourites to win the Golden Boot and will also face Croatia and Nigeria in the group stages.