Found January 08, 2012 on Ghanasoccernet:
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Liverpool Rafa Benitez Barcelona Lionel Messi ValenciaFormer Liverpool and Valencia boss Rafa Benitez can understand Lionel Messi struggling for Argentina. The Barcelona star has failed to translate his club form to the international stage.read more
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Barcelona's Lionel Messi beats Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo and teammate Xavi to win third straight Ballon d'Or (Goal.com)

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Platini: Messi needs World Cup to be the greatest (AP)

Michel Platini says Lionel Messi must win a World Cup with Argentina before he can be considered a contender as the greatest player of all time. Former France star Platini hailed the 24-year-old Barcelona forward as one of the greats after he won his third straight FIFA world player of the year award on Monday.

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