Messi untroubled by lack of goals

20 June 2010 03:58

Lionel Messi will not let his goalscoring drought affect him as long as Argentina continue to win at the World Cup.

The Albiceleste edged Nigeria 1-0 in their Group B opener before crushing South Korea 4-1. The Barcelona star had plenty of chances to score in both encounters but was denied by great goalkeeping.

"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. "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 match 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."

Source: PA