Messi's success in club football is unparalleled, netting 354 goals in 425 games for Barcelona and helping them win three Champions League crowns. The one thing missing though had been a stellar performance in sky blue and white at the grandest stage of them all.
A World Cup conquering performance is an instant ticket to immortality; just ask Pele, Maradona or Garrincha. Messi has already set the stage alight in Brazil with four sublime goals in the group stages. His real challenge will come in the knockouts where there'll be no second chances. But if his form is anything to go by he looks set to eclipse Maradona's 1986 performance.