Can Lionel Messi reach the heights of footballer greats Zinedin Zidane and Diego Maradona in 2014 by leading the Argentinian national team to a World Cup championship win? This is the question that many footballer insiders discuss among themselves as do fans of football. For Lionel Messi a World Cup championship is the only trophy left for him to raise as he has won almost all of the most prestigious individual and team honors a footballer can win.
He has led his club team, FC Bacrcelona to numerous championships including the UEFA Champions league, the UEFA Super league championships and the Club World Cup championships. However, Lionel Messi seems to not be satisfied with his accomplishments despite having achieved so much in his young career and one gets the sense in interviews that he wants success on the world tournament stage similar to his predecessor, Argentinian footballer legend Diego Maradona.
Lionel Messi has been named the Ballon d'Or player of the year four times and is widely acknowledged as one of the best footballers in the world but what distinguishes him is the quest to lead his teams to victory and in 2014 he is faced with a unique situation in that both his club team and his national team have quality players but their chief competitors also have very competitive teams.
2014 might be the first year where Lionel Messi feels that there are legitimate challengers to his club team, FC Barcelona whom many have considered to be the best football club in the world and that his Argentinian national team might have the players to actually challenge for the World Cup championship. In addition, his competitive fire is likely raging inside with the knowledge that he has been displaced as the best footballer in the world by Cristiano Ronaldo.
From February 2014 to the middle of July 2014 footballer fans should take the time to watch Lionel Messi play football because this is the first time in four years that he has not been acknowledged as the best player in the world and neither his club team or his national team is considered to be the best team in the world. The great players of the world are never comfortable with being considered anything but the best and Lionel Messi is no different. Look for Lionel Messi to put on a football show for the ages at the world's most watched soccer event, the 2014 World Cup.