As great as Lionel Messi’s two goals were in Barcelona’s 4-0 thrashing of Santos in the FIFA World Club Cup on Sunday, it was how he set up a third goal, shown on this highlight video, that embodies his brilliance.
He’s only 24, and a multiple winner of the world player of the year award. But with performances like this, it’s not too early to mention him in the same company as Maradona, his fellow Argentinian and former national team coach, and Pelé, who made Santos famous.
Messi, writes Rob Hughes, “is the essence of boyishness.” Barcelona is being properly hailed as the best soccer team in the world, perhaps for all time, according to Gabriele Marcotti, and appears to be unbeatable.
Messi plays with the beating heart of Spain’s World Cup championship team, But as the wonderfully hyperbolic Ray Hudson has labeled him, he’s also the “magnetic spectrum of genius.” It’s a description that cannot be topped.
Or maybe it’s “a zombie hunter looking for a Twinkie.” Or “a little short-legged bull, covered with eyes.”
Take your pick. Mine was easy.
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