Let me first say I’m not a fan of Lionel Messi. I don’t like his quiet, and dull, persona. He seems too perfect and flawless, that it actually makes his personality something I’m really not interested in knowing more about. He doesn’t foul, doesn’t insult, doesn’t get sent off often, doesn’t even get booked often, doesn’t fight, doesn't have any tattoos…he’s the ultimate good guy! Even his interviews bore me!
Like most of you, I love players who get on with the game and do what they’re paid to do - simply play Football. No celebrity bullshit, no drama, no off-the-field nonsense. Credit to Messi, he does this incredibly. However, I don’t see that devilish side that quiet men such as Zidane or Paul Scholes had - that madness to lash out and show that they’re just human beings and you wouldn’t want to mess with them. Messi doesn’t need it, but that’s what makes him bore me at times. But then again, that's just me.
But, if there is one thing that absolutely nobody can disagree about, it is the fact that Lionel Messi is quickly becoming one of the greatest players ever. We’ve heard endless debates, and I’ve even advocated them, about how Lionel Messi would fare if he was without Xavi, Iniesta, or even the entire Barcelona machine. Would Messi succeed at another club? Would Messi succeed in another league? Would Messi be able to pull off such performances on a cold wet night in Stoke? Would Messi this…would Messi that. The point remains that this little footballer, despite all the questions being asked, is going about his business and breaking records with ease. At the age of 24, he is already considered as one of the greatest footballers of all-time. He’s 24. Twenty-bloody-four!
The Pro-Messi brigade will say he’s the greatest player ever and I’ll strongly disagree. It’s too difficult for anyone to say he’s the greatest ever. There’s no such thing as the “greatest ever”. Similarly to when I wrote about “the greatest team of all-time debate” a few months back, the same goes for players and pretty much everything in Football. It is impossible for us to compare players and teams from different eras. So much has changed since now and then.
But right now, Lionel Messi is doing things in this day and age that most footballers are unable to even dream about doing. He scores goals for fun. He assists his team-mates quite a lot too, and much more than people give him credit for. He scores with his left-foot, right-foot, head, from free-kicks, penalties…absolutely everything. There is nothing this guy can’t do. And for people like me, who enjoy debating all day long about anything related to the game, I’m giving up on all Messi debates for one simple reason: I think we should simply all enjoy him. Just take pleasure in the fact that we’re lucky enough to be witnessing this wizard playing in modern Football. Who cares if he can succeed in England or not? Who cares if he doesn’t pull it off for Argentina? Who cares what club he even plays for? The guy is an absolute genius and already a legend in the sport (at 24!), so what the hell are we still debating about? I may not be a fan of his, but I can recognize when we’re witnessing some incredibly rare in our sport - and Lionel Messi is exactly that. Give credit where credit is due. Lionel Messi, a modern day Football legend.