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Lionel Messi: Barcelona Star Is Miles Away from Being the Greatest Ever Player

BR - Lionel Messi, ever since he burst into the football scene, has been nothing less than mesmerizing.

A three-time recipient of the FIFA World Footballer of the Year Award, three-time winner of the UEFA Champions League with Barcelona, five-time winner of La Liga and countless other honors, Messi has established himself as one of the greatest football players to have ever graced this beautiful game.

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ninjagoat1685d ago

Wonder if the guy that wrote this article is French :).

vulcanproject1685d ago (Edited 1685d ago )

I am unconvinced that international success is required to make you one of the all time greats- it is a team game after all and if your international team mates are not up to the standard of your club mates there isn't a whole lot you can do about it.

We probably expect too much of him when he plays for Argentina. He has a good goalscoring record, but maybe it is unrealistic to think he can be as good with his national side in a different setup than in his club side.

Ronaldo is much the same- he does play well for Portugal but he does not really have the players around him either and isn't given the freedom he has at Madrid.

But still one thing has to be remembered. Messi is a mere 24 years old. He probably has at least a decade of his career ahead of him and another 3 world cups in that time.

Zidane was not hailed as one of the all time greats until he was in his late twenties and then early thirties. Zidane was 26 when he won the World Cup and his FIRST world player of the year award. He was 28 at Euro 2000- Messi will be 26 at his next world cup in 2014 and chances are, he will probably have at least 4 world player awards by then.

The fact Messi has reached this level at 24 gives him room to push on into the stratosphere and reach toward the stars or Maradona and Pele. There is time, and a lot of it!

It will be fascinating if nothing else to see if he gets even better or is still doing his thang in 5 or 6 years.

RedDevils1685d ago (Edited 1685d ago )

Ronaldo Fenomeno can play in about any teams formation and can still scores load of goals, Zidane is a CAM which he doesn't require to scores lot of goals to consider him as the best. I agree that you can't fault him for everything if his international team is could be as great comparing to his club

shadowraiden1685d ago

Tbh i dont think its the international success but the fact he plays for a team that is tailor made for him.
he struggles for argentina because they dont have a team built over past 8 years purely for him alone near enough.

so for that matter untill messi does it in different leagues for different teams i wont rate him on same level as maradona or pele as these 2 players did it in pretty much every team they joined and not just one that was made for them.

Nes_Daze1684d ago

You really think they built a team surrounding one man?? Look at xavi and Inietsa, they do the same thing Messi does, except they don't score as many goals as Messi does nor do they have his ability to go through defenders.

He struggles in Argentina because as a team they have a different style than Barcelona, one that isn't as generous in passing as Barca.

Nes_Daze1684d ago

I completely agree, I've been trying to explain to people who point fingers at Messi's performance in Argentina exactly what you've mentioned. Regardless, I think people will continue to debate whether he's the best player ever, because he is certainly imo, at the level of Maradona and Pele.

yezz1685d ago

i wasnt born yet when maradona had his best years but looking at his stats now im seriously wondering how is he so popular because they are not that impressive especially when you compare them to messis stats.. no doubt he was amazing player but saying that messi is miles a way from him or someone else is just rubbish :S

asmith23061685d ago

Messi is the best ever for me. Given his age he is unbelieveable. I let the stats decide. You don't have to win the World Cup to be the best player ever. If that was the criteria then you are telling me that players like Gilberto Silva and Luca Toni are great players. They are average at best yet have World Cup medals to their name.