G.O.A.T. Messi All Set for Fitting World Cup Farewell

17 December, 2022 | Pranay Lad

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Lionel Messi might hammer the last nail in the coffin by receiving the World Cup winners' title.

37 club championships, 7 Ballon d’Ors, and 6 European Golden Boots. A gold medal from the Olympics, a Copa America championship, and a long list of unbreakable scoring and statistics records. Lionel Messi has won everything during his 18-year career, with one glaring exception. and continued to win it.

The 35-year-old captain of Argentina Lionel Messi might hammer the last nail in the coffin by receiving the World Cup winners’ title. The controversy about Messi’s place in the most exclusive inner sanctum of football’s pantheon will be put to rest for his most passionate supporters if Argentina defeats France at Doha’s Lusail Stadium.

Given his professional accomplishments to date, Messi has already earned the right to be named among Pele, Diego Maradona, Alfredo Di Stefano, and Johan Cruyff.

Does his World Cup victory on Sunday advance him to such an esteemed company? Others believe it does. Others believe he is already by himself.

After Messi’s brilliant performance in Argentina’s 3-0 semi-final victory against Croatia, coach Lionel Scaloni declared, “I don’t have any doubt stating that: he is the best in history.”

Former England captain Alan Shearer claims that because of his 1986 World Cup victory in Mexico, he has long viewed Messi’s native countryman Maradona as the best player to ever play the game.

“My attitude would alter if Messi were to win it here,” Shearer told a news outlet.

Jorge Burruchaga, a former Argentina striker who assisted Diego Maradona in scoring the game-winning goal against West Germany in the 1986 World Cup final, offered a more nuanced perspective.

For Burruchaga, only Cristiano Ronaldo can compare to Messi’s accomplishments as the greatest player of his period. However, the 60-year-old claims that making analogies to earlier generations is pointless.

Burruchaga said to a media outlet, “Win or lose, Messi is not more or less than Maradona.” Messi will be remembered forever, no matter what.

“In the previous 70 years, five players — Di Stefano, Johan Cruyff, Pele, Maradona, and Messi — may be regarded as the finest in the world.

The essence of History

Messi himself is still focused on what he has indicated would be his final World Cup performance, despite the ongoing discussion about his position in history.

As the aggressive focal point of Scaloni’s balanced starting lineup for Argentina, Messi’s sixth World Cup campaign has perhaps been his finest.

In past World Cup performances, Messi had a history-heavy appearance, trying to carry the expectations and desires of millions of Argentines who were longing for international success.

His quest to win a major championship with Argentina appeared doomed to failure for much of the previous ten years.

Three straight major final defeats began with the heartbreaking extra-time loss to Germany in the 2014 World Cup.

A star-studded Argentina team fell to Chile in the Copa America championship shootout in 2015. In the Copa America Centenario final the following year, Chile defeated the Albiceleste once more, with Messi missing a penalty in yet another shootout loss.

After the defeat, a devastated Messi proclaimed his retirement from international play, but this exile from the national team proved to be just temporary.

Months later, he came back and took charge of Argentina in the 2018 World Cup in Russia. But a largely disastrous competition came to a close in the round of 16 with a 4-3 loss to eventual winners France.

However, when Scaloni was appointed at the end of 2018, the situation changed.

After placing third at the 2019 Copa America, Argentina finally won a major championship in 2021, defeating archrival Brazil in the championship match at the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro.

The 2021 Copa America championship, in Burruchaga’s opinion, emancipated Argentina’s captain.

We are witnessing a different Messi now that the burden has been lifted, according to Burruchaga.

This is already Messi’s most productive season in terms of goals scored with five already in Qatar.

He has mastered the art of producing devastating flashes of brilliance at crucial moments when playing in bursts; most recently, he set up Argentina’s third goal against Croatia on Wednesday by leaving the promising 20-year-old Josko Gvardiol for dead with an electrifying run.

Following Croatia’s victory, Messi stated, “I don’t know if this is my finest World Cup or not.

“I’m thrilled to have played the last game of my World Cup career in the championship game. It is fantastic to end in this manner.”