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Crespo: Football owes Messi a World Cup

Lionel Messi, FC Barcelona, Argentina
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Hernan Crespo says Lionel Messi’s career would not be any less glittering if he ends it without winning the World Cup.

Regarded as one of the two best players in the world right now, and even by many as the greatest footballer of all time, FC Barcelona forward Lionel Messi is a living legend.

Six Ballon d’Or awards, as many golden boots, and four Champions League trophies are just a few of the accolades the 32-year old has collected during his 16-year long stay at Camp Nou so far.

Messi is often put up against fellow countryman Diego Maradona in the debate of the greatest footballer of all time. While he fares well in terms of club success, lack of any silverware with Argentina works against him.

But another Argentina great Hernan Crespo insists the Barca forward’s legacy remains unparalleled with or without a global crown.

“It is very difficult to be Messi. Nobody can put himself in his place as nobody could, at the time, put himself in Maradona’s place,” Crespo told Ole.

“Actually, if you think about it, somehow it is soccer that owes [a World Cup to] Messi. But that is not going to take away greatness.

“We are Argentines and we want him to be world champion. I want it all my heart, but he goes beyond a title and he will not stop being immense.”