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'Messi Doesn't Need World Cup To Be The Best Ever!'

'FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi Doesn't Need World Cup To Be The Best Ever!'

By Kurt Buckerfield - Jun 13, 2018 05:00 PM @KurtLaduma

Many believe FC Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi needs to win a FIFA World Cup to be considered as one of football's greats, but a player who will be competing at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia feels the Argentine already holds that status.

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Croatia midfielder Ivan Rakitic, a teammate of Messi's at club level, feels the 30-year-old does not need to taste World Cup glory to be confirmed as one of the best players ever, insisting that the forward has already made his mark on the sport.

"Surely he deserves to win it for who he is," he told Marca.

"Football isn't tennis: you can't put Messi under pressure by saying he alone has to win the World Cup.

"He does deserve it but there are 32 countries with the same dream. If he wins it at the end, we will all be happy for him.

"However, his story is not going to change if he wins it or not. If you are the best, you are it independently of whether you win one or 50 000 titles. One World Cup will not change what Leo Messi means to football."

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Messi helped guide Argentina to the World Cup final in 2014, but the Albiceleste lost to Germany, with Mario Gotze scoring the winner in extra-time.

Do you think Messi needs to win the World Cup to be called the greatest footballer ever? Let us know in the comments section below. 


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Morgizer31 Joined: 13 Jun 2018
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Morgizer31 Jun 14, 2018 04:15 PM
If u disagree with best players saying wena u watch Ku TV it means u are the best player to play soccer
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Pirates_999 Joined: 08 Nov 2017
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Pirates_999 Jun 14, 2018 01:15 PM
This Ivan donkey is crazy how can you say WC won't change anything? Messi is good enough at club level not in his national team. When it comes to club level he is the best in Barca but in his national team he is not that good and WC trophy is very important to anyplayer
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Nkunapro Joined: 18 Aug 2016
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Nkunapro Jun 14, 2018 08:48 AM
Masesi needs to go elsewhere then he will be regarded as the best.
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Faysal Joined: 14 Feb 2011
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Faysal Jun 13, 2018 11:01 PM
Messi is the goat
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connaissance09 Joined: 21 Feb 2013
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connaissance09 Jun 13, 2018 10:19 PM
Very true, if it was tennis he would have won it many times. Unfortunately he plays with Kuns, higuains and dimarias of this world who will decide to go missing when needed the most
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RoMzaaaa Joined: 28 Feb 2014
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RoMzaaaa Jun 13, 2018 08:52 PM
If anyone takes serious any thing said by Barcelona players about Messi, then that one is naive. Standards that are used to measure the greatness of certain players must be altered because Messi finds them difficult to attain. Rakitic must not be a groupie.
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Maclane Joined: 18 Sep 2015
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Maclane Jun 13, 2018 06:09 PM
The World Cup needs Messi to be that great. Not the other way around. Messi lifting that cup will seal and conrfim its really the biggest cup in world football
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Boris Becker Joined: 23 May 2017
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Boris Becker Jun 13, 2018 05:35 PM
Ewe nje
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LpMatiki Joined: 03 Jun 2018
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LpMatiki Jun 13, 2018 05:34 PM
yes he need s 2 win wrld cup

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