Roy Keane claims Lionel Messi does not deserve to win World Cup

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Lionel Messi does not deserve to win the World Cup and must earn the right to do so, claims Roy Keane. The superstar forward is playing his final World Cup for Argentina in Qatar.

Messi has featured at the tournament on four previous occasions. The closest he came was in 2014 when Argentina lost 1-0 to Germany in Brazil.

Argentina are one of the favourites to go all the way this year and win the final on December 18. But Keane doesn’t necessarily think Messi deserves to add the one trophy that has so far eluded him in his illustrious career.

The Manchester United legend said on ITV: “You’ve got to be careful. Obviously he’s had an amazing career but you can’t just say that a player deserves it.

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“They’ve got to go and earn the right. He’s in a brilliant team, I think we’re all looking forward to watching him live.

“He’s an absolute genius, his record is fantastic. Does he need that World Cup on his CV to top it up? I don’t think so.

“But I’m sure he’s desperate for it and I’m sure his team-mates are desperate for it. I think be careful on ‘Messi deserves a World Cup’ – he’s got to go out, like he’s done in all the years and earn the right.

“Him and his team-mates to give themselves a chance of winning the World Cup. But they are certainly in the mix.”

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Messi made his Argentina debut in 2005 and has won the most caps for his country. But Graeme Souness insists the current team is the best Messi has been a part of.

Souness said: “I think this is the strongest team he’s played with at a World Cup, I really do. I think it’s such a special event, the World Cup, you have to expect he’s going to turn up for this.

“He’s not had a great couple of seasons but he is for me arguably, arguably the greatest player ever. I think [Cristinao] Ronaldo has arguments to be that as well but is just a little bit behind Messi.

“The reason I say he’s the greatest, Ronaldo the same, is because of the longevity, they’ve done it for such a long time. I’m so looking forward to seeing this guy play. I personally could talk about him all day long. He’s such a unique talent.”

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