Lionel Messi - The Best Footballer Who Never Won a Major International Trophy

Football | News18.com | June 27, 2016, 1:15 pm
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Lionel Messi led Argentina to the title at the 2005 World Youth Championship, scoring two penalties in a 2-1 victory over Nigeria in the final. (Getty Images)

Lionel Messi led Argentina to the title at the 2005 World Youth Championship, scoring two penalties in a 2-1 victory over Nigeria in the final. (Getty Images)

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Made his debut for the senior side in a friendly against Hungary in August 2005 but was sent off less than a minute after coming on as a substitute for elbowing an opponent who had pulled his shirt. (Getty Images)

Made his debut for the senior side in a friendly against Hungary in August 2005 but was sent off less than a minute after coming on as a substitute for elbowing an opponent who had pulled his shirt. (Getty Images)

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Played only a bit-part role at the 2006 World Cup. Argentina were knocked out in the quarter-finals by hosts Germany in a penalty shootout. (Getty Images)

Played only a bit-part role at the 2006 World Cup. Argentina were knocked out in the quarter-finals by hosts Germany in a penalty shootout. (Getty Images)

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Led Argentina to the gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.(Getty Images)

Led Argentina to the gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.(Getty Images)

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Part of the Argentina side coached by Diego Maradona at the 2010 World Cup that was beaten 4-0 by Germany in the quarter-finals. Messi failed to score and struggled to find his best form in the tournament in South Africa. (Getty Images)

Part of the Argentina side coached by Diego Maradona at the 2010 World Cup that was beaten 4-0 by Germany in the quarter-finals. Messi failed to score and struggled to find his best form in the tournament in South Africa. (Getty Images)

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After a season disrupted by injury, Messi captained Argentina to the final of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, where they lost 1-0 to Germany. Messi, who scored four goals in the finals, won the Golden Ball award as tournament's best player. (Getty Images)

After a season disrupted by injury, Messi captained Argentina to the final of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, where they lost 1-0 to Germany. Messi, who scored four goals in the finals, won the Golden Ball award as tournament's best player. (Getty Images)

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Played his second Copa America final for Argentina in Chile in 2015, losing the final on penalties to the host nation. (Getty Images)

Played his second Copa America final for Argentina in Chile in 2015, losing the final on penalties to the host nation. (Getty Images)

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Scored a hat-trick in 18 minutes after coming off the bench in Argentina's 5-0 win over Panama in the 2016 Centenary Copa America in Chicago. (Getty Images)

Scored a hat-trick in 18 minutes after coming off the bench in Argentina's 5-0 win over Panama in the 2016 Centenary Copa America in Chicago. (Getty Images)

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Set a record of 55 goals for Argentina when he scored in the 4-0 win over the United States in the semi-finals. (Getty Images)

Set a record of 55 goals for Argentina when he scored in the 4-0 win over the United States in the semi-finals. (Getty Images)

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Was on the losing side again after a penalty shootout defeat by Chile in the Copa America centenary final and said he was retiring from internationals. (Getty Images)

Was on the losing side again after a penalty shootout defeat by Chile in the Copa America centenary final and said he was retiring from internationals. (Getty Images)