24th June 1987 saw the birth of one of the most exceptional football player of the history “Lionel Messi”. A boy with a speed of cheetah on pitch and dribbling skills like a juggler of circus depict none other than the qualities of Lionel Messi.
Football’s greatest – Pelé, Diego Maradona, Johan Cruyff, Franz Beckenbauer and Alfredo Di Stéfano amongst others – may already have been surpassed by this 25-year-old.
He is famously been called by the nicknames like “the machinegun of 87” and “Atomic Flea” stating his great qualities for scoring consecutive goals.
For scoring 73 goals in the last season Messi is been awarded by “Golden Boot”.
It was the age of 11 when he got first selected for FC Barcelona , who in return of his prodigious talent take the responsibility of the hormone deficiency treatment. That day mark the carving of his magical skiils.
He then commited himself to the Catalan club till date and help them to bag the many prestigious trophies till date.
Why Messi is the best?
Heat the age of 25 has scored a tally of 301 goals in total which includes 270 goals for FC Barcelona and 31 goals for the national team Argentina. This has made him the all time top scorer of Catalan club
He is also the highest scorer of UEFA Champions Leauge for the Catalans and is presently on the 3rd position in the list of highest scorers.
Messi has nine hat-tricks this calendar year, seven for Barcelona and two for Argentina. The Argentine is the first Barcelona player to score 15 hat-tricks in La Liga. He has scored 21 hat-tricks for his club in all competitions.
Messi is the fourth football player to win three Ballons d’Or, and the second player to win three consecutive Ballons d’Or. In 2006, he became the youngest Argentine to play in the FIFA World Cup.
In 2012, Messi made UEFA Champions League history by becoming the first player to score five goals in one match.
Statements by legends:-
“Once he’s on the run, Messi is unstoppable. He’s the only player who can change direction at such a pace.
“He is the best player in the world by some distance. He’s (like) a PlayStation. He can take advantage of every mistake we make.”
By Arsène Wenger after Barcelona won 4–1 against Arsenal
“Outstanding in his pace and creativity for his team, dribbling, shooting, passing – spectacular and efficient”
By FIFA technical group.
“Messi is the only player that runs faster with the ball than he does without it.”
By Pep Guardiola.
“Messi has his personality and I have mine. He has his game and I have mine. I also play in a big club like him. We are different in every aspect. But right now, he is the best.”
By Cristiano Ronaldo September 2011.
“When Messi has scored 1,283 goals like me, when he’s won three World Cups, we’ll talk about it.”
“I have seen the player who will inherit my place in Argentinian football and his name is Messi.”
By Diego Maradona, speaking in 2006
“Messi obviously could not be compared to me as he is a completely different type of player; he is more in the mould of Maradona. What everyone should be especially happy about is that every era has its own heroes. Why would one be less than the other? Pele was a hero in his time, I was in my period and Messi’s time is now. He is a joy to behold. Instead of comparing, we should just be really happy that we are able to enjoy players like Messi and Ronaldo today.”
By Johann Cruyff in his column for Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf.