On the back of Messi being sat in the stands watching his hopeless compatriots get hammered 6-1 by Spain I thought it right to bring this up. Messi has no chance with Argentina at the World Cup. The defence is atrocious, the midfield very average...so it’s just Messi (and Aguero, and possibly Di Maria) in attack and that’s all Argentina have. They will get thumped in the World Cup. No one man can win a World Cup on his own. Contrary to popular myth Maradona didn’t. He had a fantastic defence behind him, he also had forwards taking chances he created for them. Messi has had neither of these things. Pelé too played in an awesome Brazil team (1970 arguably the greatest XI ever). This “Messi must win a World Cup to be compared with Maradona/Pelé” argument is nonsense. You can’t do jack if you are on your own. Messi is the best player I’ve ever seen (this goes back to the Maradona era), and he’s quite possibly the greatest ever. You can only judge a player based on his own performances (and what his teammates allow him to do). This video sums up very well this whole issue (just click watch on YouTube, the commentator explains why this argument is bullshit).