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Messi needs World Cup triumph to confirm all-time great status alongside Maradona & Pele, says Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino believes Lionel Messi needs to lead Argentina to the 2022 World Cup to confirm his standing as an all-time great.

The former Paris Saint-Germain and Tottenham boss is eager to see his home nation go all the way in Qatar, and Messi will be key to their chances. He believes Messi needs a World Cup triumph in order to prove his greatness alongside Argentina icon Diego Maradona and Brazil legend Pele.

Asked if winning the World Cup matters in terms of Messi's legacy among the best players in football history, Pochettino told The Athletic: ''Yes it matters, because the World Cup is different. Like Maradona or Pele, you need to confirm with the trophy, which is the maximum expression of football. When you lift the trophy, it’s like, ‘OK, he is the best in the world’. It is the only thing missing for Messi, to lift the World Cup, and I hope in Qatar that it happens. Because I am argentino, and of course my desire is for Argentina to win the World Cup. And to confirm Messi is one of the best, in the same place as Maradona and Pele.”

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