He's already considered one of the best players of all time, and if he can lift Argentina to a third World Cup victory on Sunday against Germany, Lionel Messi will assume his place in the pantheon of all-time greats. Having already scored four goals in this World Cup, he's also just two away from ousting Colombia's James Rodriguez for top scorer. With his legacy on the line, Messi heads into Sunday's World Cup final with everything to play for.
- Danielle Elliot, Yahoo Sports For complete World Cup 2014 coverage visit Yahoo Sports and follow @YahooSoccer. Argentina's Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during the group F World Cup soccer match against Nigeria at the Estadio Beira-Rio in Porto Alegre, Brazil, Wednesday, June 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Jon Super) FILE - In this May 30, 2006, file photo, Argentina's Lionel Messi dribbles past an unidentified Angola player during an exhibition soccer match in Salerno, Italy. In Spain, young soccer players can sign professional contracts when they turn 16, the minimum work age stipulated by Spanish law. Before that, children join training academies run by soccer clubs that field youth teams in amateur leagues. The most well-known example in Spain is Barcelona's "La Masia" academy, where Lionel Messi started training at the age of 13 when his family emigrated from Argentina. (AP Photo/Francesco Pecoraro, File) Barcelona's Lionel Messi duels for the ball with AC Milan's Cristian Zapata, right, during a Champions League, Group H, soccer match between AC Milan and Barcelona at the San Siro stadium, in Milan, Italy, Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno) Barcelona's Lionel Messi from Argentina in action during their la Copa del Rey soccer match against Levante at the Ciutat de Valencia stadium in Valencia, Spain, Wednesday Jan. 22, 2014. The Argentinean plays his 400th game in a Barcelona shirt in the Copa del Rey against Levante. (AP Photo/Alberto Saiz) Barcelona's Lionel Messi from Argentina, center, in action with Granada's Allan Romero Nyom from France during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Granada and FC Barcelona at Los Carmenes stadium in Granada, Spain, Saturday, April 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Daniel Tejedor) BARCELONA, SPAIN - JANUARY 7: In this handout photo provided by PepsiCo, Leo Messi is pictured on the set of Pepsi®s new global commercial and interactive film, 'NOW IS WHAT YOU MAKE IT', as part of the 2014 Pepsi Football campaign featuring the #FutbolNow Pepsi superstar squad (Photo by PepsiCo via Getty Images) LIMA, PERU - JULY 02: Lionel Messi and Neymar during the Messi & Friends v The Rest Of The World XI match on July 02, 2013 in Lima, Peru. (Photo by Marco del Rio/Getty Images for Adidas) Former soccer player Hristo Stoichkov from Bulgaria, left, gives the Golden Boot award to Barcelona's Lionel Messi from Argentina for scoring the most goals in Europe's domestic leagues last season in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez) BARCELONA, SPAIN - MAY 19: Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona holds his son Thiago as they sit next to the trophy during the celebration after winning the Spanish League after the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Real Valladolid CF at Camp Nou on May 19, 2013 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images) VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - AUGUST 13: Head coach Alejandro Sabella and Lionel Messi of Argentina (L) during a private audience with Pope Francis at The Vatican on August 13, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images) Barcelona's Lionel Messi celebrates scoring 1-0 during the Champions League group H soccer match between Ajax Amsterdam and F.C. Barcelona on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013, at Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti) Soccer player Lionel Messi, right, of Argentina arrives with his wife Antonella, left, on the red carpet prior to the FIFA Ballon d'Or 2013 gala held at the Kongresshaus in Zurich, Switzerland, Monday, Jan. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Keystone,Walter Bieri) Barcelona's Lionel Messi, 3rd left tries to get through the Manchester City defence during a Champions League, round of 16, second leg, soccer match between FC Barcelona and Manchester City at the Camp Nou Stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday March 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti) Argentina's Lionel Messi fixes his captain band during an international friendly soccer match against Trinidad and Tobago in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Wednesday, June 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko) Argentina's Lionel Messi, right, fights for the ball with Slovenia's Rajko Rotman during their international friendly soccer match in La Plata, Argentina, Saturday, June 7, 2014. Argentina's team is leaving June 9 for Brazil to compete in the World Cup. (AP Photo/Eduardo Di Baia) VALENCIA, SPAIN - APRIL 16: Lionel Messi (R) and Neymar of FC Barcelona react after losing 2-1 to Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey Final between Real Madrid and Barcelona at Estadio Mestalla on April 16, 2014 in Valencia, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images) Argentina's Maximiliano Rodriguez, center, celebrates his goal against Trinidad and Tobago with teammate Lionel Messi, left, during an international friendly soccer match in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Wednesday, June 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)