Messi in football legend
Argentina’s victory in the Qatar 2022 World Cup definitively consecrated Lionel Messi as one of the greatest in world football. The world title was the last trophy that was missing for the phenomenon of Rosario, to enter the Olympus of the greats of football. With this victory it can be said that for the Argentines he is on a par with Diego Maradona.
Messi’s performance in this World Cup is reinforced by the numbers: seven goals, three decisive assists, he also scored, in the round of 16, in the quarter-finals, in the semi-final and in the final, something no footballer has ever achieved in the World Cup. Elected best player of the tournament. He is the player who has played the most minutes in the history of the World Cup, surpassing Lothar Matthaus and Paolo Maldini.
His performances have been a crescendo that has led him to be Argentina’s great driver in all matches. There was no decisive action where Messi didn’t participate, in the final Di Maria’s goal started from one of his plays in midfield, then concluded in a splendid way by the Juventus player.
What he was criticized for, i.e. not being decisive in some matches at the World Cup, was denied on the pitch with performances like a true champion. Today we can say that Messi has shown the world that he is not inferior to Maradona in the way he led Argentina to victory, he reminded his predecessor in many things, that is, being decisive in all matches including the final. Surely from today Messi has entered the history of football, but above all in the hearts of Argentines, for the joy that made them experience this memorable day.
It will also enter the memory of all football fans, because the final we witnessed is to be considered the most beautiful in history to date. The credit certainly went to all the protagonists, but two stood out from all the others: Messi and Mbappe. They were authentic champions, who allowed all football fans to experience a day that will go down in the history of this sport. The French phenomenon does not want it, but today it is right to recognize the greatness of Lionel Messi, who from now on is to be placed on the podium of the greatest ever, together with Pele and Maradona.