Cometh the hour, cometh the man. Messi has been handed a golden opportunity to emulate what the great Maradona has acheived in Mexico 1986 when he single handedly led Argentina to a World Cup triumph. The stats are in favour of Argentina, in a way. From the 1990 World Cup finals till South Africa in 2010, these finals have only produced a remarkable short fall of nine goals, whereas the previous six wallowed 27 goals.
Argentina’s number ten has not witnessed his devastating form in this tournament. There have been several players who have out shone him like James Rodriguez, Toni Kroos, Mueller, Arjen Robben. We all believe that there is something missing in Messi’s game. In the semi final against the dutch he is the player who put in the least effort amongst all his team mates, running just 10.24 km in 120 minutes, whereas his team mates averaged 12.3km.
Messi will come up against different proposition against Germany. He will pit his wits against the formidable Toni Kroos, the brick wall of Sami Khedira, if he is to find any sort of penetration. If he overcomes the obstacles that the germans will intentionally dish out, than rightly so, he should take the place as one of the all time footballing greats and write himself to the history books and have his compratriots at home, finally giving him the love which has only been shown to a certain Maradona. Messi should be encouraged that he is on the verge of something special, something extremley special.
The news that Manchester City’s Kun Aguero and Di Maria are likely to be fit, is a massive boost for Messi, as the supply line will be strengthened. Messi is the star for Argentina, and these fit again players will play around him and also, more importantly, for him. In his time with Barcelona, Messi has seen off the challenge of Thierry Henry, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and recently, up to a certain extent, Neymar. No one can challenge Messi in his back yard at Barcelona, and now he has all the ingredients to enhance that as a World Cup winner on the biggest stage of all. Messi understands that the fact that players have worn that symbolic number 10 Argentina shirt in the past.
Besides Maradona, there was also Di Stefano. In the eyes of many argentinians he is hoping to finish what he hopes people will refer him to be Leo de Janiero. Barcelona have decided to invest heavily in Suarez, and there was a big debate as to how Messi-Neymar-Suarez tandem could play together in order to outclass the opposition. What has been agreed with all the experts is that Uruguayan will appreciate Messi in return for Suarez understanding that the ball must be played to Messi at any possible attack. This debate as truly shown that the true colours of Messi, outlining his qualities and what a great player he is.
The ironic thing is that Messi knew he could have been a world champion already if he decided to play for his adoptive Spain. But he stuck to the decision of his country of birth. Now, four years later, and in fast forward mode, the great Iniesta and Xavi will be jealous of having to settle for a place on the sofa to watch the great Messi being the protaginist of the World Cup final. “When the terrain was dry he gave us this breath of fresh air every time,” his coach, Alejandro Sabella said. “He gives us the water in the desert.” Messi needs to be the oasis one more time.