In a sport that produces superstars every year, what does it take to get immortalised as one of the greats for posterity? The answer could be very simple and yet quite complicated. In today’s day and age, when every move and tackle made, every pass completed and every goal scored makes it to the handsets of millions of football fans within seconds.
It sure could be easy to become popular in the world’s most popular sport. Football is a passion for millions across the globe and players are adored and loathed for their performances in club football every week. Yet, it is their performance for the national team, especially in the FIFA World Cup, that gets them a ticket to the Hall Of Fame.
On 18th December 2022, another name joined that rare and elite list of all. Lionel Messi. Not that his silken dribbling skills, innumerable goals at club and international level, were not enough to earn him a legendary status, but a World Cup win was just the stamp that he needed to become an all-time great.
Messi and his great rival Cristiano Ronaldo have bedazzled football loving masses for close to two decades now and whenever the ‘GOAT’ debate was raised for either, the only contention was the lack of a global trophy.
Ronaldo led Portugal to the 2016 Euro, while Messi led Argentina to the 2021 Copa America, but those were continental titles.
He shattered several records en route to the trophy that Argentina has been pining for 36 long years since the great El Diego had done it for them. Having emulated his idol at last, Messi is truely now Argentina’s “Messi-ah”.