However, both men failed to shine and instead it was Aguero and Boca Juniors' Christian Pavon who staked their claim for a World Cup place when they came on after an hour.
Messi also touched on the Albicelste's chances at this year's World Cup, and stated that that he was happy with the squad that was selected.
Spain is the type of team Argentina will have to face and beat in the latter stages of the World Cup, and the defense didn't provide much reason for optimism even though it can point to Messi's absence as a reason the opponents were living on their side of the field.
"We have to take it match by match", Messi said in an interview with Pasión por el Fútbol. "I believe so, I have faith in this team", he said.
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"We have players to be able to dream".
'The other day I was talking to a friend and he told me "if you had chosen Spain, you'd be a World Cup victor already", but it wouldn't have been the same, ' added Messi.
"To be honest, we already know how to play against Croatia, but of course I will not tell you", he teased.
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Messi added: "With every season in Europe I'm more clear, Barca will be my last club there". "That's where it all stems from, but at no time did the thought or any doubts cross my mind".
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According to the Federation Internationale de Football Association world rankings, Argentina is fifth, Croatia is 18th, Iceland is 22nd and Nigeria 47th. "Qualification [for the World Cup] was not easy but we made it". Argentina play Haiti on Tuesday in Buenos Aires and Israel on June 9 in Jerusalem in their two warm up games.
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