Messi: I don't need to win World Cup to be the best

The Barcelona No.10 hopes to lead Argentina to international glory on Brazilian soil this summer but says that his legacy does not hinge on lifting the game's grandest trophy
Lionel Messi does not believe that he has to win a World Cup if he is to be remembered as the greatest player of all time.

The four-time Ballon d'Or winner is already being mentioned in the same breath as Pele and Diego Maradona but, unlike those two icons of the game, the Argentine has yet to lift football's most prestigious trophy.

There are those who believe that Messi must win a World Cup to cement his legendary status but the Barcelona attacker does not see it that way.

"I think there are many players considered the best ever without a World Cup," the 26-year-old told Ole, "but obviously winning a World Cup is a positive and it would be very special.

"I hope we are in Rio [the venue for the final of Brazil 2014] enjoying the day there. Hopefully, we can reach that final."

It has been speculated that Messi's focus has been affected this season because of the prospect of representing his country on the game's grandest stage this summer but, while the forward says that he is determined to make his compatriots happy by lifting the World Cup on Brazilian soil, he is adamant that the tournament has not been a distraction.

"The truth is I don't think about it much," the No.10 insisted. "I can't imagine but I know Brazil will be full of Argentines since it’s so close.

"There is the desire to realise the dreams people have."