Barcelona Ex-Real Madrid and Spain coach was clear
The debate about whether Lionel Messi is the best player in history has continued to rumble on with ex-Real Madrid coach Jose Antonio Camacho weighing in with his opinion.
Though he admitted to admiring the Barcelona forward, Camacho insisted that one trophy was missing from Messi‘s cabinet.
“He’s a very good player, but you can’t be the best in the world, let alone in history, if you are Argentinian and you don’t win a World Cup,” Camacho said in an interview with El Mundo.
“There are countries with less tradition where not winning the World Cup is less significant, but Argentina is a dominant force.
“No, without a World Cup, Messi can’t be the best.
“A World Cup is the best you can aspire to and Argentinians will always demand it.”
Despite that, the ex-Spain coach admitted that he is an admirer of the forward.
“He can decide a game at any time,” Camacho explained.
“There can be total balance between two teams but he is Lionel Messi and he can break that balance suddenly.
“On top of that, he’d make me look like a good coach.”
He also addressed one of the most frequent comparisons that are drawn, with Diego Maradona.
“With the talent that he had,” Camacho stated.
“If he had taken his career as seriously as Cristiano [Ronaldo] or Messi, he would still be playing and winning every game.”