Matthias Hangst/Getty Images
For all he has done at club level—and it’s a lot—there has always been the sense that Lionel Messi requires a World Cup title in order to be compared to all-time football greats such as Pele and Diego Maradona.
We may be seeing it happen before our very eyes.
Ever since Argentina’s first World Cup match against Bosnia and Herzegovina, Messi has been at the centre of everything. He has had a sense for the dramatic, and when he’s not found the back of the net himself, he’s set up a teammate to score.
Against Belgium, his movement in the centre of the park led to Gonzalo Higuain’s winner. After the final whistle, Albiceleste manager Alejandro Sabella was full of praise for his captain.
“Messi played a wonderful match,” Sabella remarked, as per Goal. “Every move he makes is a sign of hope for us. What he does is always decisive; it’s beyond scoring goals.”