Can Lionel Messi’s Magic Inspire Argentina?

Lionel Messi is an Argentine footballer who plies his trade for Spanish giants FC Barcelona.  But then you knew that already.  The mesmerising Argentine forward hardly needs an introduction.

Born on 24 June 1987 in Rosario, Messi has grown to become one of the best to ever take to the pitch in our life time.  Since making his debut for Barcelona’s senior team the little lion has blessed the world with his footballing skills which helped him scoop the Ballon d’Or an historic four times in a row.  His ability to take on defenders, cutting through them like a knife through butter, makes him the man everyone can barely wait to see play in Brazil for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Individual glory is one thing Messi can boast about at any time.  In feels like whenever he steps on a pitch a new record for his club is about to be set, however at international level it has been a different story.  With the World Cup around the corner Messi will be expected to propel his side to glory.  Messi is seen as the heir to the throne abdicated by Diego Maradona, who inspired Argentina to its last World Cup title in 1986.

The hopes and dreams of all Argentines lie on the man who became Barcelona’s all time leading goal scorer at just 24.  There is no doubt that Messi has the ability to win matches on his own and he will be called upon to emulate his club exploits for his country at the World Cup.  He has been a vital member in Barcelona’s all-conquering ways in the last few years.  From Club World Cup victories to UEFA Champions League titles as well as La Liga and other Spanish domestic titles, is is only the big one that still eludes Messi.

A FIFA World Cup™ triumph will cement his name as one of the best the world has ever seen, if he is not already worthy of that status.  Praises pour in week in and week out as his name is sung in a foreign land, but now it is his countrymen who want to cheer and it’s been 28 years since Argentina won their second World Cup.  Messi has won six La Liga titles, two Copas del Rey, five Supercopas de España, three UEFA Champions Leagues, two UEFA Super Cups and two Club World Cups, but what he would not give to lift a FIFA World Cup™ trophy.  Can Messi be for Argentina in 2014 what Maradona was in 1986?