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We've already seen how some of Lionel Messi's accomplishments will stack up to the past greats, but we'll dig a little deeper here.
Pele and Diego Maradona are always at the top of the list when it comes to a best player ever conversation, and in some areas the likes of Johan Cruyff, Alfredo Di Stefano and George Best are added to the list. Best will have his own slide, so let's look at the others.
Pele will always have the three World Cups and his goal-scoring record but, as Allan Jiang pointed out in "The Top 5 Things Pele Does Not Want You To Know," both those things can be disputed.
When you consider what Maradona did for his World Cup trophy, it has to be viewed very highly. In terms of his other accomplishments though, he will not match up to Messi in the end, and Messi may just match his greatest international achievement.
The case is virtually the same for Johan Cruyff except, instead of the World Cup, he was a major part of the invention and implementation of possibly the greatest way to play football. He has no World Cup trophy, yet he is in the world's greatest discussion for some.
Alfredo Di Stefano is also in the same boat. His achievements may be surpassed, but he heralded a great era for Real Madrid much like Messi is doing for Barcelona right now.
And what about George Best?