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Armchair Analyst: Can Messi be the best ever if he never wins a World Cup?

07 March 7:11 pm

Armchair Analyst: Can Messi be the best ever if he never wins a World Cup?

By Matthew Doyle

I've always been of the opinion that the argument is "Pele vs. Maradona" instead of "Pele vs. Maradona vs. Di Stefano" simply because the Blond Arrow never won a World Cup.

Fifty years later, we may be in the midst of Di Stefano Part II.

What if that's Lionel Messi's destiny? What if his next seven years are as great as his past four, but Argentina comes up short in both 2014 and 2018? Will he truly be in the argument with Pele and Maradona? Or will he languish with Di Stefano, Cruyff and Puskas in the ranks of those who never got it done on the world's greatest stage?

Where do you stand?