Arsene Wenger: “Messi is the best player in the world by a large distance”.
Lionel Messi’s football against Arsenal was mesmerising. What he achieved in the high profile Champions League game against Arsenal underlines why so many are lauding the Argentine as one of the greats of all time, aged just 22!
Messi scored all four of Barcelona’s goals as they trounced Arsenal 4-1 and what a selection they were.
1. A left-footed rocket from 20 yards
2. A well placed side foot finish with his right foot
3. A run behind the' defence, finished with a cute lob over over Almunia
4. An intentional shot through the legs of the keeper
Lionel Messi’s performances this season, which for the record is only his fourth season as a first team regular, has confirmed his status as one of the best players of his generation. Only Cristiano Ronaldo and perhaps, at a pinch, Wayne Rooney can get close to the kind of form Lionel Messi is producing. But is he the greatest? Vote in the poll below.
The Rise of Lionel Messi
Early Years: His father, Jorge Horacio Messi, was a factory worker, and mother, Celia Maria Messi, a part-time cleaner. Messi has two older brothers, Rodrigo and Matias, and a sister, Maria Sol. Aged 11, Messi was diagnosed with a growth hormone deficiency.
Unable to pay medical fee’s for his condition, Barcelona offered to cover the costs if he moved to Spain, which of course he did.
Career: Messi made his League d'©but for Barcelona against Espanyol when he was 17 years old. In the 2006/07 season, he became established as a first team player, scoring 14 times in 26 matches.
In 2006, Messi signed a contract to wear Adidas football boots. Having previously worn Nike football boots, the two brands went to court over the contact. Adidas were victorious and Messi has become the leading player in the Adidas camp. Lionel Messi wears the adidas F50i TUNiT football boots.
Messi was voted Fifa World Player of the Year in 2009, Messi has gone on to make 200 appearances for Barcelona. He scored his fourth hat-trick of the 2009/20 season against Arsenal in the Champions League. [poll=34]