The Albiceleste legend believes the 26-year-old is his true heir and is ready to bring home the trophy for the first time since 1986 ahead of the tournament starting on Thursday
The 26-year-old featured at both the 2006 and 2010 editions of the competition but failed to shine as the South Americans were eliminated by Germany on both occasions.
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"There were too many footballers in Argentina who were named the second Diego," he wrote in the Times of India.
"Leo is the only one with whom I find so many similarities. Come on Leo, do it for us! 1986 happened 28 years ago.
"We all are waiting to be crowned [world champions] again. And I know you can do it. Hit the 'goalazo' my boy and enjoy the adulation of the country for the rest of your life!
"Leo shares so many similarities with me. I was there in Spain in the 1982 World Cup as a rookie and Leo played the same role in 2010.
In Mexico, I was the captain and in Brazil, Leo will lead the Albiceleste. I was 25-plus in 1986, while Leo will celebrate his 27th birthday during the World Cup in Brazil.
"Moreover, Leo's season for Barcelona was not a particularly good one. They could not qualify for the Champions League semi-final.
"It might be a blessing in disguise for Leo and his Barcelona team-mates who will play in the World Cup, since they have got some much needed rest.
"Brazil, beware! Here comes Lionel Messi! This boy is a genius and I have been saying this for many years."