I don't understand why he has to win a collective trophie to be considered for individual comparisons. Rose tinted glasses are what comes to mind when old folks try to explain that Pele and Maradona "gave" their respective teams world cup trophies. While I think in their era, Pele and Maradona had much better teams assembled than what Messi inherited nowadays. Aditionally, football is much more tactical and professional than what it was from 60's till 80's. Argentina back 4 has been average for years and they're never compact to save their lives.
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