Lionel Messi aiming to match Diego Maradona and capture lone missing medal

Lionel Messi aiming to match Diego Maradona and capture lone missing medal

Lionel Messi has won nearly 40 trophies for club and country in an illustrious career but the Argentina forward’s glittering CV has one major omission – a World Cup winner’s medal.

The debate over the greatest of all time will never be settled, but there is no doubt the diminutive playmaker is a true great of the modern era with seven Ballons d’Or to his name.

In the eyes of many Argentines, he ranks a close second to the late Diego Maradona who led the South American nation to World Cup glory in 1986. But that could change if he inspires one of the pre-tournament favorites to glory in Qatar

Maradona did not achieve as much as Messi in his club career but that magical run to the title in Mexico conferred his immortality and a place in the history of the football-mad nation.

Messi has often been described as Maradona reincarnated but the closest he came to the World Cup title was in 2014 final as he shuffled past the gleaming trophy to accept the award for the best player at the tournament.

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