“Messi Needs To Prove Nothing”

Diego Maradona advised compatriot Lionel Messi to ignore critics who have challenged the Barcelona star and five-time Ballon d’Or winner to prove his standing as one of the greats by claiming the World Cup with Argentina.

Messi has won everything on offer at club level, helping Barca to numerous LaLiga and Champions League titles among others.

But a senior trophy with Argentina is all that is missing from Messi’s remarkable career, having fallen in the 2014 World Cup final against Germany, not to mention three runner-up medals in the Copa America.

However, Maradona – who inspired Argentina to World Cup glory in 1986 – believes the 30-year-old does not have to prove anything.

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