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If Lionel Messi is ever going to end the debate about whether he belongs in the same conversation as Diego Maradona, he's going to have to win a World Cup.
Daniel Edwards of Bleacher Report believes Messi's form in the group stages was reminiscent of the Argentina icon, writing:
So far Messi has been far more important to Argentina's progress than Maradona was in 1986. The Napoli man hit just one goal in the first four matches, while striking partner Jorge Valdano led the way with three.
Messi has done everything he can to make his mark in Brazil, including finding a burst of pace and energy to set up Angel Di Maria's late goal against Switzerland.
In an interview with Adidas, per AS (via Paul Hirst of The Independent), Messi said that it's his "dream" to lift the World Cup.
As a player winning a World Cup is the best there is.
It's something you dream about when you are a kid and it never disappears.
I have asked my Barcelona team-mates Xavi, Iniesta and Pique what it is like to lift the trophy, and they couldn't explain.
We will do everything to make this dream a reality.
The Netherlands provide the next test in the semi-final on Wednesday. And Messi could do with rediscovering the goalscoring form that netted him four goals in three games in the group stages.