Argentina's Lionel Messi tells Oasis to 'name their price' to reform for World Cup gig

'They are absolutely amazing,' striker says

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Argentina striker Lionel Messi has said the entire squad wants Oasis to reform to play a "celebration party" for them if they win the World Cup.

Messi says he has become obsessed with Oasis since teammate Carlos Tevez, (who plays for Manchester City, Noel and Liam Gallagher's club) forced him to listen to the band ahead of the competiton, reports The Sun.

"Ever since he has been playing in Manchester, Carlitos has told me how great Oasis was. I kept promising I would listen to them, but I never got round to it," Messi explained.

"On the plane on the way to the World Cup Carlitos made me listen to their first two albums. I have to say I wasn't expecting much but it is some of the best material I have ever heard. They are absolutely amazing. Their songs are incredible. I would have to say 'Supersonic' and 'Live Forever' are my favourites. I have been listening to their stuff on my iPod dock in the hotel room, on the way to the matches and in the dressing room. I can't believe it's taken me all this time to finally listen to them."

Messi added that initially he didn't realise the band were no longer together.

"I've been watching their live performances on YouTube and they look like they'd be amazing to see in concert. I asked Carlitos if we could go and see them in Manchester or London in concert, but he told me they have split up," Messi said.

He then added that the team have pledged to get the Gallaghers to put aside their differences should they win the competition – even asking them to "name their price" to reform.

"I showed the rest of the boys in the Argentina squad their stuff and I promise you, everybody absolutely loves it. A few knew a couple of their songs but for most of them it was their first listen. We have agreed that if we win the World Cup we want to fly them over to Argentina for our celebration party. We just need them to name their price."

Messi may face some competition though, as Noel Gallagher recently claimed he was Italy's lucky mascot when the country won the last World Cup in 2006.

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