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Alan Green: No doubting Messi is the best now

Sceptics to the claim that Lionel Messi deserves to be ranked the best player of all time frequently resort to the charge that he hasn’t yet shone at a World Cup — perhaps.

But what if he’d been born in Wales rather than Argentina? He’d never play in a World Cup. No, Messi still has plenty of time in that regardhe’s still only 24.

I can only properly remember Cruyff, Maradona and Pele, the latter only just.

To me, Messi is certainly their equal and he’s unquestionably the best player I’ve ever seen in the flesh. Maradona was ‘done’ by the time I watched him in the World Cups of 1990 and 1994.

If you somehow missed Messi’s astonishing five goal haul against Bayer Leverkusen, search it out on the internet.

The Barcelona genius is surely certain now to surpass Ruud van Nistelrooy’s record of scoring twelve goals in a single Champions League season.

Messi already has twelve and, overall, he’s amassed 55 goals in 50 games for club and country in the current campaign.

Guardiola would be nuts to desert Messi for Stamford Bridge.

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