Lionel Messi hoping for prosperous 2014

Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi shoots to score in front of Getafe's defender Rafael Lopez during the Spanish Copa del Rey (King's Cup) round of 16 second-leg football match Getafe CF vs FC Barcelona at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez stadium in G
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Barcelona and Argentina forward Lionel Messi targets a prosperous 2014.

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has revealed that he is confident of enjoying a prosperous 2014 after a disappointing end to last year.

The Argentine missed the last two months of 2013 with a hamstring injury, but has scored four times in four matches since returning.

Messi, 26, has also targeted success with Argentina in this summer's World Cup in Brazil.

"I'm very happy. I have plenty of desire to come back and play football after such a long time out. I'm lucky because step by step I'm starting to feel better, with a lot of vision to have a great year - not just with Barcelona but also with Argentina," Messi told Perform.

"Every year I start with the same mentality to have a good year. To keep growing and improving, to always be at the same level.

"Before the World Cup we have a lot of important things with Barcelona: we have the Champions League, La Liga and the Copa del Rey and that is not the only motivation for me, but [also] for all of us to keep growing."

Messi recently lost his Ballon d'Or crown to Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo.

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi gives a thumbs up on September 18, 2013
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