Messi covered comparatively little ground against the Netherlands, often wiping his nose instead. (AFP PHOTO / PEDRO UGARTE)
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The World Cup can only hope that Lionel Messi is saving his best for last.Still, at this stage of the 1986 World Cup, Maradona was pretty much winning the thing single-handed. Captain of Argentina, just like Messi, Maradona scored both goals against Belgium in the semifinal, carrying the team to the final where they beat West Germany, 3-2 . Messi, on the other hand, hasn't scored since the group stage here in Brazil.It doesn't add up to enough to put Messi on a higher pedestal than Maradona.In the first half, Messi did fire a free kick hard and flat past the Dutch wall into the arms of goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen. In the second half, Messi wasted a free kick by hoofing it harmlessly long. After 105 minutes, data crunchers Opta noted that Messi still hadn't touched the ball once inside the Dutch penalty area.
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