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The Messi debate continues at Copa

Updated: July 7, 2011, 11:09 AM ET
By Brent Latham | Special to ESPN.com

His rampaging runs and goal scoring exploits with Barcelona have left little doubt that Lionel Messi is the best soccer player in the world today. But you could even forget those constant highlight-reel runs -- the stats speak for themselves. The soon-to-be three-time Ballon d'Or winner has scored nearly a goal a game for Barcelona over the past three seasons.

His success has even inspired favorable comparisons to countryman and fellow legend Diego Maradona. Which inevitably ...

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