The international career of Lionel Messi has not been the smooth affair that his life in club football has been.
There have been a series of ups and downs along the way, with the Argentine nation taking a fair while to take a shine to the Barcelona wunderkind.
That Messi does not perform for Argentina, though, is a myth. Even before his outstanding 2012 calendar year for La Albiceleste, he had been a major player for the side even if the goals had not flown as freely as he'd have hoped.
Next summer in Brazil, he will have the chance to ensure that his career is also remembered for success on the international stage. It will be the only way that he will ever convince some people.
With that in mind, let's take a look at the highs and lows of Messi's international career to date.