FC Barcelona and Spain legend Andres Iniesta is sure Lionel Messi and Argentina national football team’s FIFA World Cup 2022 title win will not end the debate on who the greatest player of all time is.
Lionel Messi inspired Argentina national football team to FIFA World Cup 2022 title win at Qatar 2022 as the South American heavyweights added a third World Cup trophy to their cabinet. Argentina’s title win also means Lionel Messi has finally won the one trophy that had eluded him in his trophy-laden career.
Lionel Messi is widely regarded as one of the best footballers in the world, and many view Argentina as the greatest player of all time. The World Cup title win has staked his claim to be regarded as the GOAT (Greatest Of All Time).
But Andres Iniesta, who is Lionel Messi’s former teammate, has insisted that Argentina’s FIFA World Cup 2022 title win will not end the GOAT debate.
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The GOAT debate isn’t over yet, Insists Andres Iniesta
Andres Iniesta also stressed that for him Lionel Messi is the best in the world regardless of whether he won the FIFA World Cup title or not.
“I am sure anyone who doesn’t view Messi as the best will find an excuse to keep seeing it that way, regardless of whether he won the World Cup or not,” Iniesta told ESPN.
“For me, Messi is the best with or without [winning] a World Cup. I think the fact he has won a World Cup, more than what other people [think], is a huge source of happiness for himself. Not just for him, but for Argentina as a country.
“They are always in the running and the fact they’ve won it in the way they did makes it totally deserved.”
Lionel Messi was sensational for Argentina in Qatar 2022. The 35-year-old scored seven goals for Argentina at the latest edition of FIFA’s flagship event. That includes the two goals he scored in Argentina vs France FIFA World Cup 2022 final.
Meanwhile, the FIFA World Cup 2022 final was decided on penalties after the two sides remained locked in a draw at the end of normal time and extra time. Argentina pipped France 4-2 in the penalty shootout, with Lionel Messi among those who converted the South American nation’s penalty kicks.