Where Lionel Messi Ranks Among Argentina's Greatest Forwards

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Where Lionel Messi Ranks Among Argentina's Greatest Forwards
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Barcelona forward Lionel Messi is already well-established among the Catalan side's pantheon of greats. A hat-load of goals, four consecutive Ballon d'Or trophies and three Champions League trophies mean that the Argentine will go down in history as one of the greatest players to pull on the Blaugrana jersey. 

But does La Pulga (The Flea) command the same respect in his native land? It is tough to say: Messi follows in a fine tradition of great attacking talents, all of whom have some claim to be called the greatest. 

Judging Leo and his predecessors on a variety of attributes, most importantly goals for the national side in World Cups and other major tournaments, we can determine where the little superstar stands in the all-time Argentine attacking hall of fame. 

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