Since coming into limelight after winning the FIFA U-20 World Cup with Argentina in 2005,where he was the player of the tournament, Lionel Messi has grown from strength to strength, overcoming challenges, breaking records and setting new standards.
In a healthy rivalry with Cristiano Ronaldo, the duo have remained relevant on top of the game stretching to two decades. Escaping the nasty boots of Del Horno, then of Chelsea, in a superlative performance against Jose’s Chelsea that announced him on stage, Messi has gone from strength to strength.
First as an outside right under Rijkaard, he became a false 9 under Guardiola becoming even more lethal, devastating and deadly . His trophy haul and personal awards attests to the propriety of that tactical masterstroke.
Suitable as an anchor in front of the double volante, the Argentine can play behind a striker. Indeed can excel across all the forward line. Such is his dynamism. Efficienct in all ramifications.
But the critics won’t let him rest.
They said he was playing under the shadows of Ronaldinho and Etoo. When those two left, they hinged the Argentine’s success on Iniesta and Xavi. Iniesta and Xavi are out of the picture. In all these during and most importantly after these players Messi always thrived.
They say he couldn’t lead Argentina to glory. Fate hasn’t been kind to him in this regard. Thrice he kissed the dust on the cusp of glory, losing the World Cup to Germany in 2014, the Copa America to Chile in 2015 and 2016.
The yardstick is Maradona who inspired the 86 World Cup but aside the national honor of winning the mundial, he cannot hold a candle to Messi’s achievements at club level and personal awards.
It is life no one has it all!
Messi is a legend. He has etched his name in gold!!!