Messi - No goals no trouble
Lionel Messi is unfazed that he has yet to open his account for Argentina at this summer's World Cup finals.
Last Updated: 20/06/10 3:37pm
Lionel Messi is unfazed that he has yet to open his account for Argentina at this summer's World Cup finals and insists he is happy to remain a provider of goals rather than a scorer if it means they continue to win.
The Albiceleste kicked off their campaign in South Africa with a narrow 1-0 win over Nigeria despite dominating the contest, then followed that with another impressive performance against South Korea which was matched by the 4-1 scoreline.
The Barcelona star had plenty of chances to score in both encounters but was denied by great goalkeeping on each occasion.
Messi is not letting his goalscoring drought affect him and is confident of breaking his duck at the World Cup against Greece on Tuesday.
"It's not a problem," said Messi. "The important thing is that I had opportunities and although the ball didn't go in, eventually it will."
Heading into the World Cup, the 22-year-old had endured difficult times in the Argentina shirt under coach Diego Maradona.
He still averages less than a goal every three games at international level, a disappointing tally for the FIFA World Player of the Year.
"The goal will come," he said with confidence.
"I am happy that Gonzalo Higuain scored a hat-trick against South Korea and I am delighted for the team.
"We took a step forward with respect to our opening game and
hopefully we will take another one in our final game."
Maradona's side top Group B heading into Tuesday's final group game against Greece in Polokwane.
"We are in a good position," said Messi. "We have almost assured ourselves a place in the next round so everyone is calm and looking forward to our next game against Greece."