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Forget 'greats' debate: just enjoy Messi

Updated: January 10, 2012, 5:43 AM ET
By Tim Vickery | Special to ESPN.com

Three consecutive FIFA World Player of the Year awards clearly marks out Lionel Messi as the best of his time. But the best of all time? Here, the debate becomes much more complicated.

Michel Platini is unconvinced. Messi, he says, "has one advantage compared with the others [from the past] in that he is much better protected by referees -- which is as it should be. He can play his football and express his ability. In the past, players had to think first about avoiding being kicked."

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