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Gary Lineker claims Lionel Messi the best player since Maradona

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World Cup presenter Gary Lineker has revealed he thinks there has been no one quite like Lionel Messi since Diego Maradona.

The two Argentines have inevitably been compared in the last few years - both play with a similar class, running with the ball and creating pieces of magic with their left foot, but who's better has been under much debate.

Many say Messi needs to win a World Cup to be the greatest of all time. Maradona inspired Argentina to glory in 1986, Pele did the same for Brazil in 1958, while the Barcelona player is yet to do so.

He has been named man of the match in all of Argentina's group matches so far, though, scoring four goals in the three matches. This fine form has lead to Lineker telling BBC Sport that he thinks there is no one quite like the 27-year-old.

"He is just an unbelievable talent," Lineker said. "I don't think since Maradona we've seen anyone quite like Messi on the field.

"They're very similar players in many ways. Both have that mercurial left foot, they can beat players very easily and make the game look simple.

"He (Messi) scores goals as well. Whilst Diego was an unbelievable talent, certainly the best of my generation, he wasn't as prolific as Lionel Messi."

Despite a season below the incredibly high standards of the four-time world player of the year, the forward still amassed an amazing 41 goals in all competitions for Barcelona, it wasn't the Messi we are used to. Lineker, though, believes he was saving himself for Brazil.

"I always thought he was saving a little bit for this World Cup. I think he understood how important and how significant it was to him."

If, in some people's eyes, Messi does need to win a World Cup to be the greatest ever, then this year could be his best chance.

His side are already through to the second round where they will play Switzerland, and if the forward can carry on his electric start to the tournament, you wouldn't bet against him lifting the trophy come July 13.

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