Lionel Messi is often regarded as the greatest footballer of all time. What Messi has achieved with FC Barcelona, Argentina, and even with PSG has been remarkable. However, this world cup, is one of the most impressive things that Messi has ever done.
Currently, Argentina are in the finals of the World Cup, set to face France to attempts to win their first World Cup since their 1986, famously with legendary footballer Diego Maradona. Messi is now just one win away from finally winning the one award that he does not have and proving that there is nothing that he has not done. His attacking, playmaking and leadership this tournament has been a perfect example of why he is the greatest player of all time.
Leading The Way Statistically
Lionel Messi leads in so many statistical categories for this world cup, but the primary ones that can showcase how good of a tournament that had are these. Messi is tied for the most goals, with French star Kylian Mbappe, has the most assists, most shots, most shots on target, expected goals, most fouls drawn, and most chances created.
No player in this tournament has more men in the match rewards than Messi has, as he just racked up his fourth man of the match award after defeating Croatia this week. Messi is showcasing that he is still arguably the best player in the world. Messi has the chance to become the oldest (by far) player in World Cup history, proving that he is still playing at a top tier level at 35 years old.
One Final Achievement In Reach
Messi is the unquestionable leader of this Argentina side. The last person to be take Argentina to the final that wasn’t Messi was Diego Maradona. In most conversations around the world, Messi is already considered the greatest of all time, but to many in Argentina, Maradona still holds the crown of the greatest due to him having the one trophy that Messi still hasn’t won, the World Cup.
However, Messi is just one win away from accomplishing everything that there is to accomplish with Argentina. This final game is no cake walk and in fact, Argentina will be a clear underdogs against a France team that is loaded in every positions with an incredible amount of depth that would be a World Cup winner in just about every year.
Although Argentina is not as stacked as France, Messi has proven that he is able to carry this national team on his back as a leader on and off the pitch. There is no real answer against stopping Lionel Messi and if he is able to play at the level that he has been in this tournament, he will stamp his name as the greatest of all time.
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