Barcelona Wins Because Of Messi’s Penalty Goals

Messi Is Great, But…

One Cannot Accept Messi As Great Unless He Proves In The World Cup

One Cannot Accept Messi As Great Unless He Proves In The World Cup
One Cannot Accept Messi As Great Unless He Proves In The World Cup

Barcelona In Semi Finals


Barcelona In Semi Finals

Lionel Messi has made his side Barcelona to catapult into the semi finals in the Champions League through his two goals. Both of them were scored through penalty kicks. The second one was a questionable decision. Both of them were scored in the first half. It enabled Barcelona to record a 3-1 victory over its rival AC Milan in the second leg of the match played at Barcelona yesterday. The first leg was played in Milan earlier that resulted in a goalless draw. The tie necessitated the second leg match which Barcelona has won now.

Highest Achievement At A Young Age

Tuesday’s second leg quarter finals match at Nou Camp saw some seesawing movements of the ball between both the sides. The match also saw Lionel Messi completing fifty goals in the Champions League tournament. Messi is the youngest to complete fifty goals in the League. He is only 24 years old. To achieve a half century in cricket is very credible performance. But to achieve it in football is very tough. To achieve this feat at the age of 24 is still tougher. Messi deserves all the complements for this excellent achievement.

One Cannot Accept Messi As Great Unless He Proves In The World Cup

But at the same time I have reservations about Messi. He is able to play a superb football at the club level and make his side to win matches repeatedly. He is worth more than Rs.200 crore per annum which he earns now. But the same Messi was a miserable failure at the World Cup Football tournament earlier. Twice he failed at the highest level. One can accept Messi’s greatness only if he shines and proves his capacity in the World Cup. Maradona was successful both at the club football level and at the World Cup. Messi should emulate him in the next World Cup in Brazil. I hold the same opinion about Wayne Rooney also as he was also a miserable failure for England in the World Cup whereas he is an outstanding success in the English Premier League.

Iniesta’s Superb Goal

Iniesta’s Superb Goal
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Iniesta’s Superb Goal

This season alone, Messi has scored a record 14 goals in the Champions League. The earlier record of 12 goals was jointly held by Messi himself and Ruud van Nistelrooy of Netherlands. Andres Iniesta’s superb goal in the second half was a treat to watch. It reminded me his World Cup final goal against Netherlands. The only difference was that the World Cup goal came from the left side of the goal keeper whereas this goal came from the right side. But I valued Puoyal’s superb header in the semi finals against Germany in the World Cup much more than Iniesta’s goal in the final.

AC Milan Could Have Played Better

Actually AC Milan should have drawn this match and could even have won had it not committed costly mistakes. It allowed two penalty kicks for Messi to make use of them. Antonio Nocerino scored an important goal for AC Milan that equalised the score at 1-1 in the first half. Real Madrid reached five successive semi finals in the Champions League in the fifties. That was long back. Now Barcelona has emulated that feat because of the mistakes of AC Milan and great play from Messi and Iniesta. Had AC Milan not committed mistakes, the match could have gone the same way as the first leg with both sides scoring equal.

Referee Criticised

AC Milan players and the coach Massimilliano Allegri criticised the referee for the decision to award penalty shootout to Barcelona. It is very difficult to comment on this aspect even though I was watching the match in a large sized TV screen with HD facility. Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola naturally supported these decisions. But one thing was very clear. Barcelona had more control over the ball. Messi, Iniesta, Puyol, Sanchez, Fabregas and Alves passed the ball among themselves in a regular and rhythmic fashion. There was also speed in their movements. For AC Milan, Robinho tried to do something but he had no support from others. Ibrahimovich was a bystander in the match. He resembled a fielder fielding at third man position in a cricket match. It will be better if Ibrahimovich switches over to cricket.

Messi Is Great, But…

Messi also had near chances which he missed. In the first ten minutes of the match, Messi created three chances. But all of them were floundered. Messi has bagged the World Footballer of the Year for the third time. But I will not accept Messi as a great player unless he proves it at the highest level namely at the World Cup in Brazil in 2014.

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