Lionel Messi the Michael Jordan of Soccer?

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Most people in the world play sports and some more than others. Unfortunately, less than 0.1% will have the ability to turn it into a profession. If you are lucky enough to make it to the pros, you’ll most likely have a short career, and only make a tiny bit of impact in the games played. Then you get the top 1% of the pros that dominate the league for decades and become hall of famers. But what about the best of the best, the greatest of their sport. In Basketball we got Michael Jordan, Football belongs to Tom Brady. Baseball is Babe Ruth and hockey is Wayne Gretzky but what about soccer? You can argue Lionel Messi but right now it’s not that simple.

Why Messi Isn’t the Undisputed Greatest Soccer Player Yet

In the soccer world, it’s a little more complicated. There has been a plethora of dominant players that everyone consistently brings into the greatest of all-time debate. You got your classics such as Pele, Diego Maradona, and Johan Cruyff. In today’s generation, it’s Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Unfortunately, they are all so close with something missing from each. Whether it’s the fact Pele played against weaker competition or Messi and Ronaldo never winning a World Cup. Well, that can all change if Argentina can win against France on Sunday in the World Cup Final.

What If he Captures a World Cup

If Messi can capture a World Cup, he’ll have the most complete resume and would become the Michael Jordan of Soccer. Just like in other sports, there would be no more debate on who’s the greatest. When it’s all set and down, Messi would have scored over 800 goals, contributed over 400 assists in about 1100 appearances. Then Messi won the Ballon D’Or for best player seven times, four champions league titles, and a World Cup. There would be nothing left for Messi to accomplish and he would be the forever Goat of Soccer. If Argentina loses to France, well that would open the door back up, and Kylian Mbappé would start to enter with two World Cup wins by the age of 23.

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