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No player in my lifetime has ever come close to Messi on an individual level in terms of what they can do on the pitch.
And I doubt I'll ever see anyone like that again.
Team based achievements are measured by a different metric. No matter how much you contributed to their achievement.
If Mascherano had scored in the WC 2014 final instead of missing the post by an inch, and that was the only goal in the match, I wouldn't use that as a criteria to say that Messi is better than X player.

I wouldn't disagree that Ronaldo's award cabinet has the edge on Messi's though.

Last edited by Hiku - on 26 May 2018