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Owen: Messi Will Shine At World Cup

Former England international, Michael Owen, has insisted Lionel Messi will shine at the World Cup to be considered an all-time great.

Messi has won 21 trophies with FC Barcelona as well as the FIFA Ballon d’Or four times, but is yet to shine at football’s biggest stage.

The Argentina captain will be under much pressure in Brazil after only scoring one goal in the two previous World Cups, but Owen believes the 26-year-old will be fired up for Brazil.

"I know Brazil is next door, but I think they are playing basically in their home conditions and I think that this is Messi's time to shine on the world stage," Owen told the Daily Star.

"Some people would argue that you can't be considered the best player of all time unless you do win the World Cup, but I'm sure that he will want to perform very well.

"He's obviously one of the best, either the best or the second best player in the world at the moment."

Argentina have been drawn in Group F with Bosnia, Iran and Nigeria.

Do you believe Lionel Messi will shine at the World Cup in Brazil? Have your say in the comment section below.

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