Lionel Messi is the only player in history to complete football, says Emiliano Martinez

Lionel Messi and Emiliano Martinez with their individual trophies after winning last year's World Cup final with Argentina.
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Lionel Messi is the only player in the history of football to have completed football, according to Aston Villa goalkeeper and Argentina team-mate Emiliano Martinez.

Messi led the Albiceleste to glory at the World Cup in Qatar last year with a series of match-winning performances, with Martinez also key with big saves against Netherlands and France en route to the trophy.

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Ben Hayward
Weekend editor

Ben Hayward is the Weekend Editor of FourFourTwo. A European football writer and Tottenham Hotspur fan with over 15 years’ experience, he has covered games all over the world - including three World Cups, several Champions League finals, Euros, Copa America - and has spent much of that time in Spain. Ben speaks English and Spanish, currently dividing his time between Barcelona and London, covering all the big talking points of the weekend on FFT: he’s also written several list features and interviewed Guglielmo Vicario for the magazine.