Iniesta claims Messi World Cup success won’t end GOAT debate
Iniesta says Messi’s World Cup triumph will continue the GOAT argument.
The Argentine captain led his country to their third world title with electrifying performances throughout the 2022 tournament in Qatar, prompting many fans and experts to proclaim that he is currently the finest player in history.
However, Messi’s former Barcelona team-mate Iniesta believes that the arguments will still go on as there will be “excuses” for those that favour some of the 35-year-old’s rivals, such as Cristiano Ronaldo.
“I am sure anyone who doesn’t view Messi as the best will find an excuse to keep seeing it that way, regardless of whether he won the World Cup or not,” Iniesta told ESPN.
“For me, Messi is the best with or without [winning] a World Cup. I think the fact he has won a World Cup, more than what other people [think], is a huge source of happiness for himself.
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Not just for him, but for Argentina as a country. They are always in the running and the fact they’ve won it in the way they did makes it totally deserved.”
Iniesta, who scored the goal that gave Spain victory in the 2010 World Cup final against the Netherlands, also weighed in on his nation’s disappointing round of 16 exit in Qatar after going down to Morocco. La Roja’s failure has led to question marks over whether they should continue with their possession-based football model, but Iniesta has put his weight behind the existing style. “I think the model has to stay the same,” He said. “At the end of the day, a model of play is good if you’re able to give 100%. The game against Morocco was not lost because of the model or not, but because other things were lacking to win the game. I think the idea has to remain.
The only thing is every game is different and you have to try and find solutions on a game-to-game basis. From there, the debate will always exist because there are so many small details that can change games. Maybe if [Pablo] Sarabia scores unsteady if hitting the post in the last minute, this isn’t a debate. We were all disappointed to go out but these experiences serve to learn and to improve.”
On December 28, Messi is anticipated to make his club debut for Paris Saint-Germain against Strasbourg in Ligue 1.