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How much fun will the World Cup be if the world's best player isn't even there? Argentina is in serious danger of missing out for the first time in 40 years. Central to those issues is the fact that Diego Maradona can't figure out how to make Messi play as well for the national team as he does for his club team, Barcelona. Argentina needs results, and fast, in games against Peru and at Uruguay. Sooner or later, Messi is going to have to show why he's the odds-on favorite for FIFA World Player of the Year.

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