He's constantly measured against the greats: Diego Maradona, Pele, Franz Beckenbauer and the rest of those who have come before him.
Yet in almost every estimation, Lionel Messi falls just short of being the best footballer ever because he hasn't won the World Cup.
He came so close in Brazil, falling in the final to powerhouse Germany. So now what? How will Messi be regarded? Does he have another World Cup run in him, and just how important is that championship compared to the Champions League?
Bleacher Report's Ryan Bailey weighs in on how we should regard Lionel Messi and what his lasting legacy will be.
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