The Argentine coach has named Lionel Messi as the best footballer of all time despite his virgin international record.
Lionel Messi will be considered “the best footballer of all time”, with or without international trophies, according to Argentina’s coach Lionel Scaloni.
The six-time Ballon d’Or winner has a record of achievements at club level that makes many people jealous, but in the national team there is nothing but an Olympic gold medal and the glory of the U20 World Cup that have added to his CV. With the Albiceleste senior team, he still has not won anything.
This could change next night, as he and his teammates are playing in the final of the Copa America against Brazil. Will a triumph in Maracana take him to the top? For Scaloni, Messi’s position in the firmament of the game is already assured.
The Argentine coach told reporters before a match against the rival Auriverde: “Whether he wins or not, he will continue to be the best footballer in history, he does not need to win a title to prove it, judged the Argentine technician before the final against Brazil. Obviously, we want to win because we did not make all this effort to finish with nothing. But, once again, whether Leo wins or not, he has already shown that he is the best in history, and even the opponents recognize it”.
Messi’s efforts to finally win a trophy with Argentina come amidst uncertainty about his future at club level.
The 34-year-old striker has reached the end of his contract at Barcelona and has yet to make a decision on his future. The financial difficulties of the Catalan club, which is struggling to meet the requirements of a salary cap, prevent the implementation of a new agreement.
Nevertheless, Barça continues to work behind the scenes to free up the funds. So it is expected that the Argentine genius, but until he has not done so the continental giants will remain on the lookout in the hope of signing him.