Messi’s lack of success at international level is often used against him when it comes to GOAT debates, but Crespo says it takes nothing away from his greatness.
“It is very difficult to be Messi, nobody can put himself in his place as nobody could, at the time, put himself in Maradona’s place. It is impossible to know what they think and what they live.
“It makes me happy to see him play in the national team, I would love, as an Argentine also, to see him become world champion.
“Leo is a guy who has been at a very high level for many years, receives kicks, gets up and carries on, always working.
“Actually, if you think about it, somehow it is soccer that owes Messi. But that is not going to take away greatness.
“We are Argentines and we want him to be world champion, I want him it all my heart, but he goes beyond a title and he will not stop being immense.”
Source | Diario Ole
Messi said back in October that he would have loved to have been crowned a world champion but “wouldn’t change anything else in my career to be one.”
The next World Cup is in Qatar in 2022, although Messi said last year he was unsure if he would be able to take part.