Lionel Messi hoping for prosperous 2014

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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