Not only is the man regarded by some as the greatest footballer to lace up a pair of boots an incredibly prolific goal scorer, but he will create chances for others, track back and press the opposition too. Messi can do it all and is approaching, if not already in the prime of his footballing career. With the tournament on his home continent, the little genius will surely not get a better chance to sample World Cup glory.

Under Sabella, he has been operating in an advanced role on the right-hand-side, with Gonzalo Higuain and Sergio Aguero joining him in a fearsome looking triumvirate of attacking players. But they are a flexible trio, giving Argentina’s attacking forays wonderful flexibility.

Argentinians will be looking to Messi to replicate his Blaugrana form in the blue and white stripes. If he can do that, any country that comes up against the Albiceleste will be trembling at the prospect of facing this football phenomenon.

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