How about just performing at a world cup instead? Like Diego did two tournaments in a row. Maradona is definitely the GOAT still until Messi fully replicates his club form at international level. People can argue all they want about how the Argentine team is badly managed or whatever, fact is Maradona won a world cup with a fairly average national side. That and what he did at Napoli requires a once in a lifetime type of genius. Messi is not there yet but of all the current players he is probably the only one with the potential to reach that level.
Rather huehuehue. 12 goals in 9 internationals this year for Argentina. Diego Maradona hasn't won the Champions League, twice even. Or broke goalscoring records of such pedigree.
People that make these type of sweeping comments of 'internationals/Stoke' against Messi, really do not watch him outside of the occasional match in the European Champions League. And, well fuck it, if people did, they still wouldn't make those sweeping comments. They'd see the hype. It isn't aimed at you, there are people who still think this way.
Throw in 'World Cup is invalid', already backed up by posts made earlier in the thread. It isn't exactly his fault, that a country of Argentina's size and stature, hasn't produced class defenders or goalkeepers.
Hes 25 years old. And he is already on his way to being far, far beyond his closest rival to the best player in the world. When hes 35, he'll have plenty more medals, plenty more records and hundreds, maybe even a thousand goals in competitive football.