Ex-Madrid boss Camacho 'Messi can't be the best in history - he hasn't won World Cup with Argentina'
- Leo is yet to win a World Cup with Albiceleste.
- Camacho reckons this fact denies Messi the status of the greatest in history.
- Had Messi played for a lesser football country than Argentina this wouldn't be the decisive factor.
- Ex-Spain coach reckons that Maradona could have has a career comparable to Leo if he had taken football more seriously.
Despite all his achievements, Leo Messi's status as the greatest player in the history of football is still being questioned somehow because he has never won the World Cup.
Ex-Real Madrid and La Roja coach Jose Antonio Camacho has been the latest to come up with this 'argument'.
"He's a very good player, but you can't be the best in the world, let alone in history, if you are Argentinian and you don't win a World Cup," Camacho told El Mundo (h/t Marca).
"There are countries with less tradition where not winning the World Cup is less significant, but Argentina is a dominant force. No, without a World Cup, Messi can't be the best. A World Cup is the best you can aspire to and Argentinians will always demand it."
Nevertheless, Camacho rates Leo very highly:
"He can decide a game at any time," Camacho explained. "There can be a total balance between two teams but he is Lionel Messi and he can break that balance suddenly.
"On top of that, he'd make me look like a good coach," joked the veteran coach.
Camacho appears to be a very devoted admirer of Diego Maradona's talent:
"With the talent that he had, if he had taken his career as seriously as Cristiano [Ronaldo] or Messi, he would still be playing and winning every game."
Leo has repeatedly admitted that a trophy with the national team is one of his goals and but he isn't sure how much more chances he will get to win one.
"I do not know if I will reach the World Cup in Qatar," Lionel said in the interview with Fox Sports back in June.
"God will decide whether it is given to me or not. Today I feel great, very well physically, but I'm [almost] 32 years old and I don't know how it's going to go. A lot of things can happen, I hope I don't have any serious injuries.
"I want to finish my career having won something with the Argentine national team, or if not having tried as many times as possible. I do not want to be left with the feeling that it did not happen and I let opportunities pass by."
Would you agree with Camacho that the real difference between Messi and Maradona is the amount of work they added to their natural talent? Or is there something more?