Lionel Messi has won nearly every individual award in the game over the past few seasons.
But until recently, he was still the target for much criticism in Argentina, having failed to translate his club form into success in the international arena.
Now captaining his country, Messi has done everything in his power to prove the critics wrong.
A sensational return of 12 goals in nine international games in 2012 has seen him rise to fourth in the country's all-time goalscoring charts. Next in his sights is a certain Diego Maradona.
Let's take a look at how Argentina have finally got the best out of Lionel Messi...