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Messi ‘best footballer in history’ with or without international glory

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The Argentina head coach is of the view the team captain does not need to prove anything anymore to go down as the greatest player of all time.

Lionel Messi is the “best footballer in history” and will remain so regardless of what happens in the Copa America final, says Lionel Scaloni.

The final of the Copa America 2021 will see Argentina lock horns with Brazil at Maracana in Rio de Janeiro.

The crunch clash presents Messi, who boasts an astounding 35 titles with FC Barcelona, an opportunity to win his first major trophy with his national team.

Many believe success on Sunday will see the record six-time Ballon d’Or winner gain a significant upper hand over Cristiano Ronaldo in the never-ending debate of the greatest football of all time, but Scaloni believes that debate is already settled.

“Win or don’t win, he will continue being the best footballer in history, he doesn’t need to win a title to demonstrate it,” the Argentina boss told reporters, per Marca.

“Obviously, we want to win because we haven’t made all this effort not to break the bubble.

“In the background, whether Leo wins or doesn’t, he has already demonstrated that he is the best in history, and even the opponents recognize it.”