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Messi Doesn’t Need A World Cup

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By Soccer Laduma - Jul 04, 2018 04:26 PM
Many football fans’ dream of seeing one of the greatest footballers of all time lift the coveted FIFA World Cup trophy is over, for now at least, following Argentina’s round of 16 loss to a youthful but formidable France team. Sure, it might’ve been a pipe dream considering the state of the current Argentina national team but nobody completely wrote them off because of one man, Lionel Messi. Although winning the tournament would’ve topped off what has been a sensational career, he does not need to win the World Cup to be considered as one of best ever, if not the best ever.  
 
The FC Barcelona forward is my favourite player of all time. I grew up watching the likes of Ronaldo Nazario, Zinedine Zidane and Ronaldinho, and not once did I imagine a player would make me feel more joy than they did. Messi’s pace, power and dribbling ability obviously stood out in his earlier years, but even more remarkable was his humility, a trait that, in my opinion, makes a great player greater. And these features of his game have remained for the best part of 13 years, since his senior debut for the Blaugrana in 2005. 
 
What makes him more incredible is that football today is played under a microscope. You know everything about your opponent. Coaches have access to highly developed analysis in the form of videos and statistics, yet Messi, who stands in at just 1.7 metres tall, still does as he pleases. No amount of preparation aids teams in stopping the Argentine. He is simply too good and has proven this time and time again on the world’s biggest stages. You will not tie him down, and even if you do, he will still score. The same goes for Cristiano Ronaldo, who he is always compared to, but I prefer a team player. I prefer wizardry over brute strength. I prefer to not know how the magician performs his tricks. Every single time Messi plays, I’m in the front row (of my lounge) and my eyes are glued. 
 
Throughout the course of his career, Messi has been likened to the legendary Diego Maradona. He is small like his predecessor, yet his impact is enormous. He is left-footed like his predecessor and can dribble like him too. Messi, however, has not won the World Cup. And after Argentina crashed out in the round of 16 to Didier Deschamps’ France side, these comparisons have been brought up again. People seem to think Maradona won the 1986 World Cup on his own, but following the Albiceleste’s telling 3-0 loss to Croatia in their second Group D match, Maradona himself said: “When I played and had a bad game, Jorge Valdano and Jorge Burruchaga showed up and had my back. Messi has no one. It’s all on his own.” Even the greats need help. 
 
While we’re at it, let’s also dispel the myth that Messi doesn’t perform whenever he pulls on his country’s shirt. The 31-year-old has hit the back of the net 65 times for Argentina, making him their all-time record scorer, while he has assisted a further 45 strikes. Overall, he has contributed to 110 goals in 126 matches for his national team. He also dragged Argentina to three major finals – the 2014 World Cup final, and the Copa America finals in 2015 and in 2016. At the 2014 World Cup, Messi was Argentina’s standout player, while he contributed to nine goals in five matches at the 2016 Copa.
 
Unfortunately, Messi was unable to win any of those trophies with his national side, but to say he’s been poor for them is ludicrous. Six out of Argentina’s seven victories in their World Cup qualifying campaign came with their captain on the field, picking up 19 points in 10 matches, while without him they embarrassingly collected just seven points in eight games. Sure, he’s probably never been as explosive for his country as he has been for Barca, but it is quite clear that Argentina are a better side with Messi on the pitch. 
 
At club level, as we all know, Messi has won everything. He’s scored in UEFA Champions League finals, he’s buried Real Madrid on countless occasions and nobody in the history of LaLiga has scored or assisted more goals than he has. Not only is he a machine in terms of finding the back of the net, but he also has numbers that would put any playmaker to shame. The Argentine has set up 284 goals in his club and international career combined. Ronaldinho assisted 172 goals in his career. Zidane assisted just 117 goals in his. Those are two of the world’s best attackers and creative midfielders to have ever played the game, but this is Messi. 
 
While many believe only the World Cup trophy would cement the 31-year-old’s spot on football’s Mount Rushmore, I’m here to remind you that his place was established years ago. I’ll never forget when Pep Guardiola was asked in a press conference if he thought Messi was the best player in history. I won’t forget this because Messi was just 22 years old at the time. He is football’s William Shakespeare. He is a god among mere mortals. 
 
Cheers, 
Kurt
 

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Samuel mautlaT@gmail.com Joined: 05 Jul 2018
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Samuel mautlaT@gmail.com Jul 05, 2018 06:37 PM
Yess w/cup will make us talk more of him.
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kc-inferno Joined: 03 Feb 2014
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kc-inferno Jul 05, 2018 03:03 PM
He needs that World Cup to be considered along the likes of Zizo and Ronaldinho
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kc-inferno Jul 05, 2018 03:00 PM
It's a good thing you said in your opinion. It's my opinion that Zizo and Ronaldinho were better than Messi. Had you seen as much of their games as you've seen Messi's then you would have a better idea than the one you have. Argentina boast a lethal striker in the form of Aguero.. just that the coach didn't have the right balance in team selection. So saying he's the only one the team relied on is misleading. He's a great player but saying he's the greatest of all time is pushing it a bit far
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Ant_55 Jul 05, 2018 10:26 AM
You're wrong..... Horribly wrong. Messi is a mere mortal among footballing Gods like Zidane, Ronaldo (De Lima), Maradona and Beckenbauer. You're obvious love for Messi has your judgement clouded. Winning a World Cup is every players dream, especially the likes of Messi and CR7. How can you espouse that Messi doesn't need a World Cup? You're opinion granted but be honest with yourself, you're speaking from a hurtful place. The World Cup is the highest footballing accolade/achievement and if you cannot achieve this fete you cannot say it doesn't matter. True greats have gone on and performed miracles to win it. You only know Maradonna from the era when they won 2 World Cups and no other players which is testament that you can go on and win it for your country alone so stop making excuses for Messi. He is undoubtedly one of the most talented and gifted footballers ever but him not achieving/winning the World Cup excludes him form a very special club.... As much as you love Messi my brother there are tables he cannot sit at and I am sorry you have to swallow that pill but we all take L's some time.... Just like he did..... Deal with it..... He needed that World Cup more than you'll ever know.... The numbers you mentioned mean nothing and he'll be the first to tell you that..... :-)
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Ant_55 Jul 05, 2018 10:10 AM
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Ambzo Jul 05, 2018 09:18 AM
Winning a world cup requires a team effort,in 2014 when Germany won the world cup it was a team effort and non of those players were better than messi and not even close ,Pele and maradona were surrounded by good players ,without a doubt Leo's contribution to the game is out of this world things he achieved at his age,his conduct on and off the pitch,he became a complete player at a very young age ,it's only a clueless fool who would not appreciate this kind of a talent ,while my dad talks about Pele and maradona I will be talking about Ronaldo and Leo
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mabenamusa4 Jul 05, 2018 08:46 AM
How csn you say messie dont need world cup when failed to ein it all these years. Next time ypu will say south africa dont need to qualify for world cup while we keep on failing to qualify
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mabenamusa4 Jul 05, 2018 08:44 AM
But mr. @ Roxkyrantsh 4208 diabala once said he will never play in a same team with messie when argentina was struggling in qualifying games
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Rockyrantsha4208 Jul 05, 2018 05:16 AM
U really spoke my mind Mr Kurt....in national team...messi is alone ....dt coach shud hv used him with Diabala instead of useless Di maria
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clemz7 Jul 05, 2018 03:44 AM
He is the best ever for me
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Makarina Jul 05, 2018 03:03 AM
The biggest mistake was the AFA and the Argentine fans duplicating him to Maradona. Another mistake was him being given the captain's armband while more able players like Mascherano could have done a far better job at it.
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KingKosi Jul 05, 2018 01:32 AM
Couldn't have said it better. It's the painful truth for those advicating for the other candidate. Let's see if there's a proper substantial arguement from the opposition not just bare denials.
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DopeZN Jul 04, 2018 10:18 PM
Messi said he needs a world cup, Messi said he'd trade all his glory for a world cup. Messi gave his all to try n get the only glory he has ever wanted. What u say contradicts what Messi has said.
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Voltaire Jul 04, 2018 10:00 PM
If you ever played football you will know how Messi feels right now, giving it your all only to have cows cost you. Or playing the entire game without enough supply from your teammates. No matter how great you are there are just some things you can't do alone especially if you are always marked by 2 or more players.
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pato Jul 04, 2018 09:41 PM
Uyasuta wena editor, sehluleki lomuntfu...uhluleke kusita live lakubo ku world cup..
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zinho_mao1st Jul 04, 2018 09:29 PM
Meaning you close the debate about who's the best between him and Cr7.To be the best you must compete against and beat the best.Win the highest rated competition in sport/field you're in and in football winning the world cup is the highest of them all.This thing of him not performing to his best when representing his nation don't derive from nowhere, where there's there's fire
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mccrobert Jul 04, 2018 08:57 PM
wow,wow,wow,284 assist combined,this is higher than any creative player ever played the game,cr7 is far behind
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Endinaki Jul 04, 2018 08:33 PM
Boring wat bout cr7.messi have de maria aguero higuain etc portugal only hv Ronaldo if the is a god of football it's gotta be çr7
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KK-kELLS Jul 04, 2018 04:47 PM
5 FIFA world player awards, that to me is equivalent to a world cup trophy!
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thabanakhosi Jul 04, 2018 04:40 PM
Is this local news Mr editor?

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