I've always had a lot of time for Messi and think he's made a genuine and close call attempt at becoming the greatest player of all time. Breaking the alltime scoring record, being so complete as he is as an attacker, the total package. I've even been kind of willing him to do it, simply because I'd like to see it done. This World Cup has settled the question for me though - It was a fine challenge, but Diego retains his position as the greatest of all time. It's not so much that Messi needs to win a World Cup to be the greatest - feck the anal fisting retentive wikipedophiles who think best player debates can be measured in an excel sheet. But how can he be so fecking lazy? He averaged 7km per game. Normal walking pace takes you 7.5 kilometers over 90 minutes. Same as at the last World Cup. Been doing the same for years really. This is not just a "the best don't need to run" thing - this is abnormally low - He's probably lowest for distance covered among outfield players ffs. C.Ronaldo has a better excuse - He's hanging on the shoulder of the last defender, conserving his energy for every high intensity sprint that may come his way. And is like 87 by now. That's not Messi. He's the one dropping deep and getting involved in play, wanting the ball (despite walking or standing for 80% of the time, only Mascherano made more passes for argentina). He could perhaps have gone for the elderly statesman type playmaker performance a la Pirlo or Zidane, but he didn't do that well either. Far too often, he was jogging with the ball and slowing down play waiting to see if the miracle moment was on. And he was never willing to make the runs to get into good positions to receive the ball either. Never moving to solve problems for his team mates. No dynamism at all in his play. He is practically a set piece player - if he happens to get the ball in the right positions and the other players on the pitch are positioned right, he can make something happen. Outside of those moments, forget about it. I just don't get it. Your last big chance at a World Cup. The team is in crisis. The whole nation is waiting for Messi to make something happen - and so was Messi apparently. Walking around, waiting for the right ball to land at his feet, but never willing to make the run to be there. Walk on by, Lionel. The best don't wait for the right moment, they make it happen.