Lionel Messi has the opportunity to enter or even surpass the GOAT debate when Argentina faces France on Sunday. The one blemish in the 35-year-old’s career is that he’s yet to win a FIFA World Cup.
Messi can jump over football legends such as Pele or Diego Armando Maradona should he win the 2022 World Cup since it’s the lone argument use to discredit the Paris Saint-Germain being the best player to lace up a pair of boots.
However, some, such as AS Roma legend Francesco Totti, will still believe that Messi and Maradona are not on the same level regardless of what happens against Les Bleus.
“Maradona is total football,” Totti recently told BepiTv1 channel on Twitch (h/t Marca). “Lionel Messi is undoubtedly the best player in the world at the moment, but I consider that he is below Maradona.”
Totti is of an age that he saw Maradona play since the Argentine’s best years came in Italy while playing for Napoli, so that may be the bias that sides him with the legendary footballer.
Nonetheless, it’s a debate that many who saw both players will be having, especially if Messi wins the World Cup.