International century makers: 100 cap XI as Lionel Messi reaches landmark

RW- Luis Figo (Portugal)

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While Cristiano Ronaldo may now boast a better goalscoring record for Portugal, Luis Figo was the leader of one of the country’s most successful sides as they reached the semi-finals of Euro 2000, and went one stage better in the same tournament four years later. He also took the side to the last four of the 2006 World Cup. Meanwhile, apart from that defeat to Greece 11 years ago, Ronaldo has yet to inspire his side to particularly great heights, having taken the mantle from Figo, and remains criticised for his inability to produce the great things he’s capable of on the biggest stages.

LW- Lionel Messi (Argentina)

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The Barcelona man could also be guilty of failing to produce the form that he displays almost every week for the Catalan club when it came to playing for his country in the past. However, that changed last year when he guided Argentina to the World Cup final, and put in some dazzling performances along the way.

ST- Miroslav Klose (Germany)

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While the two greatest players of the current generation could both be accused of going missing on the big stage, that is certainly not something that could be thrown at Miroslav Klose. The German is the all-time leading goalscorer at World Cups, having found the back of the net 16 times in the tournament, and overtook Gerd Muller at the 2014 tournament as his country’s all-time leading goalscorer. It was at that same tournament that he finally added the World Cup trophy to his collection.

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