FIFA president Gianni Infantino has opined that Lionel Messi must be a World Cup winner before he can attain the status of the greatest player of all time.
The president also went on to draw comparisons between Lionel Messi and Argentine football legend Diego Maradona, stating that the latter secured a World Cup win for his country whilst attaining great status at club level.
“Messi is extraordinary but he is yet to win a World Cup,” Infantino said in the course of an interview with newspaper La Nacion.
“There are lots of amazing players who never won the World Cup and that is what made Diego so special in football – winning major titles for both club and country.
“Messi may be there (in Russia) and we may see him in 2022 because he very rarely picks up injuries, even if players try to foul him, they can’t get near.”
Meanwhile the Argentina squad will be playing one of the the biggest games of their career as they must win away to Ecuador on Tuesday to stand a realistic chance of taking any part in Russia 2018. They have to qualify if they intend to win the tournament