For a World Cup to exist in the memory long after the event and maybe even get a slot in a future BBC3 nostalgia show hosted by Olly Murs... it'll be those other moments which define its status as a great tournament.
As a young man I was an above average footballer. In my mind my destiny was to equal and then surpass all the famous number 10's in world history, Pele, Maradona, Greaves and Law. As a supporter of QPR my heritage was that of Rodney Marsh and Stan Bowles.
If Messi sees out his career at Barcelona - joining the likes of Casillas, Scholes, Schweinsteiger, Maldini, Totti, De Rossi, Adams, Gerrard, Le Tissier, Xavi and Iniesta, to name but a few - he will be in exalted company.