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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.

But unlike Pele and Diego Maradona — the men most often mentioned as the greatest — Messi does not have a World Cup winner’s medal.

Platini said "Messi will always be great with or without (winning) a World Cup — but the World Cup, it’s something special."

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