Argentinian Lionel Messi is four-times World of Player of the year, three-times Champions League winner, Barcelona's all time top scorer, and considered by many to be the best player since the turn of the century. Yet despite this, the large majority of the footballing world would not put him ahead of Pele and Maradona in the all time leaderboard.
Pele won three world cups with Brazil while Maradona won the World Cup once and managed Argentina from 2008-10.
Man of the Match
What sets Barcelona's number 10 apart from the joint FIFA world players of the century is a successful international campaign. Messi has scored four goals in the three group games in this World Cup whilst picking up three man of the match performance awards.
His goals have guided Argentina and have also fired them into the last 16. It is however, the next four World Cup games that will dictate whether he is to be considered as the best player of all time.
Many pundits believe Lionel Messi has been saving himself for the Brazil showpiece and has not been giving 100% for Barcelona.
If 28 goals and 11 assists in 30 games isn't 100%, then the other nations in the World Cup should be concerned and contemplating how they are going to contain this lethal goal machine in the latter stages of this 2014 World Cup.
Iran, Bosnia and Nigeria have all been unfortunate enough to come up against an in form and hungry Lionel Messi.
Messi looking to join Pele and Maradona
The Argentinian captain will be looking ahead to Switzerland and hoping he can continue this excellent run of form, right up until the penultimate game of the tournament at the Maracana where both Pele and Maradona expect to attend what will be more than a football match for the young Argentine and the footballing world.
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