Argentina and the rest of the world had waited four World Cups to declare Lionel Messi the heir apparent to Diego Maradona's throne. Despite Messi's skill with the ball, his numerous goals and assists for both club and country, his seven Ballon d'Or victories, and the majority of other awards in his trophy case, the world has refrained from calling him the "greatest ever."
Maradona led Argentina to the 1986 World Cup championship, which is the biggest honour in football. Messi has not yet accomplished that achievement.
Messi's burden of international failure has been lightened by last year's Copa America victory, and there is hope he will have his finest World Cup in Qatar. In Group C, which also includes Mexico, Poland, and Saudi Arabia, third-ranked Argentina is expected to dominate.