It’s been 15 years since Lionel Messi first made headlines with his stunning performances and innumerable goals. Now he has the ball tied to his left foot, is a genius in tight spaces and makes pivotal decisions in fractions of a second. He’s yet to win a senior title for Argentina, but has won the Under-20 Cup and the Olympic gold medal. The argument over whether he needs to win a World cup is a moot point, since the Copa America triumph is Argentina’s biggest trophy of the year.nGOAT Index: To qualify as the GOAT, Messi must win two Ballon d’Or awards. He must also score highly in seven categories. In the final list, Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Diego Maradona, Johan Cruyff and Ferenc Puskas made the cut. GOAT Index also considers how difficult it is to win a league title. Players are also ranked by their World Cup wins, European Championships and Copa America triumphs.nA World cup could be an important milestone for Messi to prove his claim to be the GOAT. The world cup is one of the last major competitions for footballers. Messi has been voted the best player in the world in three years and has a lifetime record of 750 goals. The World Cup is the next step in his quest to be the best player of all time, but does it really matter?nDespite the stature and performance of both Messi and Arjen Robben, Argentina’s World Cup triumph does not rest solely on the shoulders of the Argentine superstar. The goalkeeper, Emi Martinez, has been with the team for 16 years and his save against Colombia was sensational. But why do people still think that Messi deserves a World Cup? Let’s discuss the situation in a little bit more depth.nLionel MessinAs a player, Messi deserves a World Cup. In Brazil, the Argentine star stepped up and led his country to the final, but unfortunately lost out to Germany in extra time. Despite this, the Argentine star still scored four goals, including a penalty shootout goal that put the team in the final. Against Switzerland in the round of 16, he played an instrumental role and won the Golden Ball. Although Argentina’s campaign was a disappointment, the fact that they reached the final makes it all the more important for Messi to win the trophy.nAlthough Messi is arguably the best player in the world, the Ballon d’Or isn’t guaranteed. Even the best players don’t win the award every year. If you’re wondering how to respond to that, consider this: The last time a player won the Ballon d’Or was his first season at Real Madrid, and he went on to win his seventh.nThe Argentine has been a world-class player since his early childhood. His parents, Antonela Roccuzzo and Lucas Scaglia, are cousins. The two dated for a year before going public on their relationship. Messi also had a growth hormone deficiency from 1997 to 2001, which was addressed by Dr. Diego Schwarzstein. Since then, Messi has worked with UNICEF and is a goodwill ambassador for the organization.nArjen RobbennIn his latest book, Barca: The Making of the Greatest Team in History, Graham Hunter argues that Messi is more deserving of the World Cup because he was the best player in the tournament. Nevertheless, he also points to Robben’s excellent performance. Robben was in the danger zone throughout the game, and his last-gasp effort was the key to the Netherlands’ 1-0 win.nHowever, despite the greatness of Messi’s talent, his performances in the World Cup were drab and stale. Even though he was tipped to win, he was double-teamed and triple-teamed against Belgium, who almost scored the World Cup’s lone goal. The team’s coach, Sabella, has complained about Messi’s over-reliance on the Dutch striker, while the referee, Cuneyt Cakir, is a Turkish national. Hence, Arjen Robben has become the epitome of pretense at the World Cup.nIn the end, there was no clear choice. While Messi was involved in more play, he was less involved than Robben and Rodriguez. In addition, Messi gave away more of the ball than the other two, and he only had one assist. Despite these shortcomings, Rodriguez was arguably the best attacking player in the tournament. His passing accuracy was below Robben’s, but his work in the final third made him stand out. He converted 50% of his attempts, and six of his eight shots on target were successful.nLionel Messi’s staturenDespite his height, Argentine soccer legend Lionel Messi is still considered a youngster by some. He was just 1.69 meters tall when he made his debut in the first team, and was «not experienced enough» to play at the highest level. But despite his lack of experience, he has continued to draw criticism from people of all ages, from his teammates to his fellow players. And despite this scrutiny, many still believe that he deserves a World Cup.nDespite his lack of experience, Argentina’s stats do not reflect the talent they possess. Messi is still considered one of the best players in the world, having broken the national record of Argentina goals with an incredible 57 in 2012. His stats at club level are also impressive. In addition, his impressive performance in 2012 has led many to call him the best player ever.nWhile he’s never won a World Cup, Messi has accumulated over seven hundred goals in all competitions. He is just 13 goals away from joining Cristiano Ronaldo, the only other player with over eight hundred in official matches. Messi has scored 86 goals for Argentina, while Ronaldo has 117 for Portugal. While Ronaldo has more goals than Messi, he is still the top scoring male player in the world.nArgentina’s trophy droughtnAfter a long and fearsome trophy drought, Argentina is finally on the verge of ending its dry spell. With six competitive games to go, the national team has six chances to end their trophy drought. It is now 23 years since the team last won a trophy. Last year, they lost to Germany in extra time during the World Cup final. While Argentina’s trophy drought has been prolonged, this season’s class must match the standard of the 1991 squad to end their trophy drought.nDespite a disappointing performance, Argentina’s Lionel Messi did his country proud by scoring the winner in the Copa America final. In the 88th minute, Argentina led Brazil by a goal. Messi faced the goalkeeper from five yards out and could have given Argentina a 2-0 lead. Messi scores a goal without thinking twice about it. Against Brazil, he slipped. The miss could have bitten Argentina in the end.nIt’s a shame that Argentina have not won any major trophy for the past couple of years. But the loss of Maradona, the country’s most famous player, has left the country without a trophy since 1986. Argentina have suffered greatly since then and they now need Lionel Messi to lead the team to glory. Messi will lead Argentina’s attack in the tournament and hopefully, the trophy will come home to Buenos Aires.nMessi’s assists per gamenIt is easy to dismiss Lionel Messi’s numbers on paper, but they do tell a story. The Spanish forward has more goals than any other player in the history of the World Cup and is third on the all-time goal scoring list, one goal behind Pele. He has won every major trophy that has been won by a Barcelona player, and has never played in the Europa League. In the Copa America, Messi helped Argentina win the Copa America.nAlthough Messi is behind Ronaldo in international goals, the Portuguese has more goals in the Champions League. Messi is behind him by just three goals in 16 games. Messi has more assists than Ronaldo, and his assist per game is higher than Ronaldo’s. But it is easy to dismiss him simply because he has won more World Cups than Ronaldo.nIt is important to remember that Messi has played in the same country for 15 years and has two world-class teammates at PSG. However, people should also remember that Messi will be 39 years old by the time of the 2026 World Cup. As a result, his career is far from over — he has already won four Ballon d’Or awards and 407 goals in international play.nArgentina’s squad in 2022nThe Argentina national football team represents Argentina in men’s international football. The team is administered by the Argentine Football Association, the national governing body of the game. Their home stadium is the Estadio Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti in Buenos Aires. The national team’s home games are played at this stadium. Argentina is the only South American country to have qualified for the World Cup.nThe main strength of Argentina’s squad is its attacking talent, with world-class striker Lionel Messi leading the line. Other key players are Angel Di Maria and Paulo Dybala, who help Messi create chances for his team. In the midfield, the squad also includes Rodrigo De Paul, Lucas Ocampos, Paredes, and Lo Celso. In the defense, Argentina has players such as Juan Foyth, Lisandro Martinez, and Juan Foyth.nThe Argentina squad is composed of players from all over the world, with many players representing their countries. The team is undefeated in its qualifying campaigns, winning 11 and drawing six. A number of players have achieved world-class status, including Chelsea FC’s Lionel Messi and Ajax Amsterdam’s Angel Correa. Several players are considered future stars, but a few have yet to be confirmed.nLionel Messi has returned to the Argentina squad, after missing the last qualifiers against Colombia and Chile. The Argentine FA has a contract with Paris Saint-Germain that will keep Messi in France. In addition, Joaquin Correa is out with a hamstring injury. In Messi’s absence, the squad could turn to Lautaro Martinez, Angel Di Maria, and Paulo Dybala.