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Lionel Messi needs World Cup win to match Diego Maradona

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There has been much talk since Argentina lost out to the mighty Germans in the 2014 World Cup final.

The topic that seems to crop up in most conversations is will Lionel Messi ever be better than Diego Maradona?

In some people's minds he is, but the majority feel that he still has to win a World Cup to surpass the mighty El Diego.

Messi was by far Argentina's best player at the recent tournament. It felt like some of the pressure that the Barcelona forward had carried in previous competitions had been lifted with the added talent of Sergio Aguero and Gonzalo Higuain. Some said it was the most relaxed they had seen him in any major tournament.

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Different eras

However, things were a lot different in Maradona's era than they are now. Maradona had a very average team in 1986 when he lifted the World Cup and he practically carried the Argentina team throughout the whole tournament.

But he also performed at club level, playing some of the best football of his career for Napoli. His love affair with Barcelona was not quite on the same level as Messi, largely due to an injury in his first season.

Messi has benefitted immensely from tackles behind being banned in recent years. He also has more space and time in possession than was ever afforded to Maradona, whose ability to make it look like the ball was glued to his foot was second to none.

Messi is a fine player. He has already achieved so much in his colourful career and he is the greatest Argentine we have seen since Maradona.

Messi needs World Cup victory

Messi's sublime passes and pace are a delight to watch but he has yet to reach the same legendary status as Barrilete Cósmico (cosmic kite,this name was given to Maradona when he scored that famous second goal against England).

Messi must win a World Cup to at least put him on the same level. He was so close but yet so far this year as the Germans just proved to be too strong for this Argentine side.

Messi put in a great performance in the first half but somewhat faded in the second. At times he looked tired in the tournament, obviously stemming from playing in La Liga and the Champions League.

Will Messi ever lift the World Cup?

Only time will tell.

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