- Tuesday, June 12, 2018 9:43 AM
Moscow, 12 June 2018 (MIA) - Andrea Pirlo has revealed that Lionel Messi needs to win World Cup to overtake his fellow countryman Diego Maradona to claim the best player of all time.
The 30-year-old Barcelona talisman reaches last tournament final in Brazil four year while Maradona is regarded by many as the best footballer in history after virtually single-handedly taking a modest Argentina side to World Cup glory in 1986.
And debates over the past decade has been whether Messi is superior over former Napoli forward.
The 2006 World Cup winner Pirlo insisting that Messi needs to win this month competition leap past Maradona despite winning five Ballons d’Or and breaking numerous records with the La Liga Champions.
"It will be important for both Messi himself and for Argentina to win the World Cup in Russia.
"Messi is always compared to Maradona but he needs to win the World Cup because if you don’t win the World Cup you can’t be up there with the very best.”
But despite all the doom and gloom surrounding Messi’s chances of finally winning the World Cup at his fourth and probably final attempt, Pirlo believes that Argentina can do well at the tournament.
"Argentina have had the time now to improve and find the right players for the World Cup and I think they are going to do well in Russia despite the big loss they had against Spain,” the Italian stated.
"Argentina have a lot of good players and if their top players perform they are going to do well.” Pirlo told Goal as he teamed up with Uber Eats ahead of Russia 2018.
Messi gets his World Cup campaign open with Iceland before facing Croatia and Nigeria in Group D. sk/09:42
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