Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi - Credit: Archant

The pint-sized wizard is the highest-paid player in world football, and seen by many as the best.

He recently signed a new £16.3m-a-year deal to keep him at Barcelona until 2018.

However, by his sublime standards, he endured a somewhat quiet campaign for the Spanish giants and will be hoping to enjoy a good tournament in Brazil.

Critics suggest that this summer he needs to flourish to prove his greatness.

• Country: Argentina

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• Position: Forward

• Age: 26

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• Current club: Barcelona

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