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Lionel Messi planning his greatest achievement

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Many people believe that Lionel Messi cannot be regarded as one of the best player's in football history until he has performed on the international stage.

The Argentine captain has won numerous trophies in his career including six Spanish titles and three Champions Leagues with Barcelona and has also won the Ballon d'Or four times.

But the one thing missing for Messi is a trophy in a major International tournament and winning the 2014 World Cup will see him be undoubtedly regarded as one of the best players ever.

Argentina face Netherlands on Wednesday night in Sao Paulo hoping to book a place in the World Cup final to face the formidable German side.

Four years ago, many of Messi's Barcelona team mates returned to the Nou Camp with World Cup winners medals round their neck as Spain triumphed. Now it is time for Messi to emulate the greatest players of all time and win the biggest prize in football.

"As a player winning a World Cup is the best there is," the Argentina captain said.

"It's something you dream about when you are a kid and it never disappears.

"I have asked my Barcelona team-mates Xavi, (Andres) Iniesta and (Gerard) Pique what it is like to lift the trophy, and they couldn't explain. We will do everything to make this dream a reality.

"To play a World Cup final with the great atmosphere of the Maracana is something that every player dreams of, but first we have to make sure we get there."

Messi has shone in the tournament so far scoring four goals during his side's five games. If Argentina are to win the World Cup, Messi has got to deliver the magic that he's shown to take his side into the last four. But they face an impressive Dutch side that have already thrashed Spain 5-1.

Despite being in the run-in for the World Cup Golden Boot, Messi insists that all he cares about is lifting that trophy and believes it is a team game.

"I'd prefer the World Cup than the Golden Boot. Always,' he said. 'I am only concentrating on the team. If we concentrate on our own game and we prepare ourselves tactically then our football will do the talking.

"If I keep scoring goals and that helps the team then that is the most important thing."

Despite a heavy reliance on him to produce the goods for his country, Messi doesn't feel any negative pressure and is proud to captain his country.

"I am feeling positive pressure," Messi said.

"It's a great honour to be captain of Argentina. I want to pay back the trust given in me leading Argentina to the World Cup."

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