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Lionel Messi: Football God

Updated on March 25, 2012
Leo Messi : FC Barcelona's King
Leo Messi : FC Barcelona's King | Source

The Michael Jordan of Football

They call him la pulga, or "the flea" in Spanish. A strange nickname denoting his short stature, but he is nothing like a flea. Lionel Messi is simply the best. Many people argue that Messi is overrated and overhyped. But to such people, I merely ask, have you even seen him play?

He won the FIFA Ballons d'Or as the world's greatest player three times in a row, a feat not even the mighty Pele was able to accomplish. But it's not just the amount of times he scores, it's how he scores; he makes football look like poetry in motion, making it look like an art form rather than a sport. Messi has helped FC Barcelona win five La Liga titles, 3 Champions League titles, and won the gold medal in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing with the Argentina Olympic Team. Not to mention, Messi just recently earned the title as FC Barcelona's leading goalscorer of all time.

You may argue why then Argentina hasn't won a World Cup with Messi on the team. It baffles me too, but we must remember that football is a team sport. While Messi is great, he cannot be the Atlas and play for the whole team, he needs good players to support him. Hence, this is the difference between the Argentinian football team and FC Barcelona. In Barcelona, Messi is coupled with players that are talented and skilled as well and provide the best support for him.

People claim that Messi emulates Diego Maradona, another great Argentinian footballer, and that he is Maradona's "successor". But many people agree that Messi plays a clean game with his own uniqueness and style that is incomparable to others. It's difficult to compare footballers of different generations, but as for Messi, it is safe to say that he is one of the best. Maybe it's because I'm an azulgrana, who knows. But if you have any doubts, just watch him play, you'll understand, believe me.


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    ronakbhatia 5 years ago from Mumbai, India

    This guy is just magical! At 24, he is already a LEGEND!

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    RSamuel92 5 years ago from Greece

    Of course,it is a bit early to give him great titles. However, that comment about the Michael Jordan of football is actually a quote from Barca coach, Pep Guardiola. Nevertheless, you have to admit, Messi is great. I'm glad you enjoyed it! ^^

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    Sportsandfaith 5 years ago from Dayton, Ohio

    Have to agree, and to think the man is just 24 years old...

    I do find it ironic that both Messi and Maradona have had their own "hand of God" goals... I think the comparison pretty much ends there though!

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    Michael Kromwyk 5 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

    Thanks for sharing rsamuel92. While Messi is a great modern player (clearly the best in the world at the moment) he isn't the best just yet, but he is just 24. Give him a few years & if Argentina can jag a World Cup then he might earn the title of the best of all time or the Michael Jordan of football! Cheers Michael

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    telemaspeaks 5 years ago from Nigeria

    Great piece and straight