Originally Posted by just1988
I see you're drawing comparisons between Messi and Maradona and the widely stated opinion that Maradona carried Argentina to World Cup glory. The thing is, that was a different era. The modern game is by far a more intricate game with there being an abundance of phenomenal players. That being said it's impossible for any player in the modern era to carry their team through a major tournament because the opposition is so fierce.
The point is, is that Messi has never stepped up in an International tournament like Pele, maradona etc have. He has got plenty of time to do this of course, but until he does, he is not the GOAT.