Philip Patrick Philip Patrick

Why Messi matters

Lionel Messi celebrates after defeating Croatia 3-0 [Getty]

I hope that the Argentinian national team (also known as Lionel Messi) will win its third (or first?) World Cup on Sunday. But even if it doesn’t, the team’s legendary number ten has surely achieved that rare and precious accolade – earned by Pele in 1970 and Maradona in 1986 – of so dominating a World Cup that it will forever be linked to him.

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