The coach of the French national team, Didier Deschamps, has claimed that some people from his country want Lionel Messi to win the World Cup final.
The defending champions meet Argentina for the cup on Sunday.
Messi is desperate to write another chapter in his illustrious career by winning the biggest trophy ever.
Deschamps said: “I know Argentina and maybe some French people hope Lionel Messi can win the World Cup.
But we will do our best to achieve our goal.
“In a World Cup final you not only have a game but also a whole context behind it and the goal is to come away with the title.”
France and Argentina are both looking to win the title for the third time in their history.
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