Argentina have been blessed with talented players of heroic proportions through the years, no doubt.
But La Albiceleste have a habit of falling at the final hurdle, with Messi and co. losing the last World Cup final and subsequent Copa Americas in 2015 and 2016.
"If Messi were Brazilian, then he'd already have a World Cup", he told TyC Sports. We don't know who started this rule, but we all unabashadley follow it without realizing how flawed the argument actually is.
If Argentina can get Paulo Dybala and Lionel Messi on the same page, they're a risky team to beat.
Kolkata resident Shib Shankar Patra's passion for Argentina began during the 1986 World Cup when Diego Maradona helped the team win the coveted trophy. Now let me ask you: does this hypothetical scenario make him any different of a player?
Salah scored 32 goals in 36 games in the Premier League last season to finish at the top of the goal-scoring charts ahead of Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane. Did I forget to mention that he also holds the record for the most assists in La Liga (149)?
Real Madrid has announced its new head coach after, Julen Lopetegui, now the head coach of the Spanish National Team, and it's a decision which could lead to an awkward dynamic in the locker room with star Cristiano Ronaldo. The Argentine has the most assists in La Liga history (149) while the Portuguese has the most hat-tricks in Spanish football history (37). He does things that shouldn't be possible, all while making it look like the easiest thing in the world.
Such history of suffering fitness issues in worldwide tournaments impacted Argentina in which his absence denied La Albiceleste such a significant creative force that could have lifted Messi to the winners' pedestal.
Alejandro Sabella, who was in charge in Brazil four years ago, believes Argentina's progress has been impeded by the absence of "the more cerebral players" they frequently used to produce, playmakers such as Pablo Aimar, Juan Roman Riquelme, Juan Sebastian Veron and Ariel Ortega, that could be to Messi what Andres Iniesta has always been at Barcelona.
"It feels like watching someone who solved soccer".
That however is not Messi's fault as he has used the resources available to him and every other player in this era and has still managed to fill the turnstiles whenever he appears. The beauty of Messi is that he captivates his audience in a way that's never been done before.
At 30 years of age, this is considered Lionel Messi's last World Cup in his prime.