Column: In any language and any sport, Lionel Messi should be athlete of the year in 2012

  • by: JOHN LEICESTER , Associated Press
  • Updated: December 12, 2012 - 7:03 PM

The consistent brilliance of Lionel Messi's play again this year is strengthening the argument that he should be considered above Pele and Diego Maradona as the best ever footballer. Messi will win that debate if, like them, he wins the World Cup in 2014.

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