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    The Lionel Messi thread

    The reason I thought I would start this thread up is because I think it would be a good place to talk to discuss the genius of the best player in the world.

    Ronaldo's 43 goals was amazing. It won him the world player of the year award. Could it be done by someone else? Messi so far has 23 goals in 24 games I believe. The way he plays I think he could be close to that tally. When Ronaldo gets on the ball United fans get excited. But when Messi gets on the ball the whole world gets excited.

    So if you want to discuss the player, or if you see anything amazing from him you can always post it here if another thread does not exist to talk about it.

    Did anyone see his performance last night? The pub I was in had it on. He looked fantastic once again. He is so unselfish in his play defenders cant second guess him. He glides past players. Fantastic.

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    It is terrifying how good he is. By far the best player in the world. I'm a big Ronaldo fan but he's not in the same universe as Messi. The decision making this kid has is genuis, he never gives the ball away and knows exactly when the pass, dribble or shoot. It's a pleasure to see him play football. Barcelona are currently 15 points clear in Spain, that's just insane.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fakeplastictrees
    It is terrifying how good he is. By far the best player in the world. I'm a big Ronaldo fan but he's not in the same universe as Messi. The decision making this kid has is genuis, he never gives the ball away and knows exactly when the pass, dribble or shoot. It's a pleasure to see him play football. Barcelona are currently 15 points clear in Spain, that's just insane.
    A million percent agree. He is the only player I have seen who is unstopable.

    Barca have scored something like 90 this season. We are just over half way through the season. He thrives in a really hard working team. The amount of work the team does to move into space and create things is immense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Benraul
    Quote Originally Posted by fakeplastictrees
    It is terrifying how good he is. By far the best player in the world. I'm a big Ronaldo fan but he's not in the same universe as Messi. The decision making this kid has is genuis, he never gives the ball away and knows exactly when the pass, dribble or shoot. It's a pleasure to see him play football. Barcelona are currently 15 points clear in Spain, that's just insane.
    A million percent agree. He is the only player I have seen who is unstopable.

    Barca have scored something like 90 this season. We are just over half way through the season. He thrives in a really hard working team. The amount of work the team does to move into space and create things is immense.
    Yeah he plays alongside such world class intelligent players like Xavi, Iniesta, Eto'o and Henry. I'm really hoping we don't meet them in the Champions League.

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    Messi has got 23 in 26 games, with 10 assists, Ronaldo got 42 in 49 with 8 assists. Messi truly is incredible. I played a sick joke on my brother last night, I told him Messi was out for the rest of the year and almost left him in tears. I also despise people who assume Ronaldo is better because he won world player of the year.

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    Ronaldo also had the most shots in the league, took all the penalties and free kicks.

    Those roles are rotated a lot more at Barca, which makes it even more amazing.

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    I said about 15 months ago that Messi was the best player in the world - I remember arguing it with J-Axe who was suggesting that Cesc could be! In fact, about a year before that, I remember O Dogg trying to argue that Rooney was better than Messi!!

    No, Lionel Messi is EASILY the best player on the planet, and no one comes close. His dribbling, his passing, his shooting, his ability to ride dangerous tackles, his hunger to win the ball, his decision making...all these things make him the greatest player to grace the game of football since Zinedine Zidane - and if he carries on as he is, he'll be compared to the incomparable Pele and Maradona.

    Like paddypoohead, I have no respect for anyone who wishes to argue against it, and I'll treat them with utter disdain. In my mind, they do not understand the game of football.

    The only reason Ronaldo won WPOTY was because Messi was injured last season, and even then the incredible Argentine upstaged him twice in both semi final legs.

    Awards are materialistic - winning the hearts and minds who truly understand football is more important, in my opinion. And that's exactly what Messi has won over the past year or so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johaldo8
    I said about 15 months ago that Messi was the best player in the world - I remember arguing it with J-Axe who was suggesting that Cesc could be!


    In fact, about a year before that, I remember O Dogg trying to argue that Rooney was better than Messi!!


    No, Lionel Messi is EASILY the best player on the planet, and no one comes close. His dribbling, his passing, his shooting, his ability to ride dangerous tackles, his hunger to win the ball, his decision making...all these things make him the greatest player to grace the game of football since Zinedine Zidane - and if he carries on as he is, he'll be compared to the incomparable Pele and Maradona.

    Like paddypoohead, I have no respect for anyone who wishes to argue against it, and I'll treat them with utter disdain. In my mind, they do not understand the game of football.

    The only reason Ronaldo won WPOTY was because Messi was injured last season, and even then the incredible Argentine upstaged him twice in both semi final legs.

    Awards are materialistic - winning the hearts and minds who truly understand football is more important, in my opinion. And that's exactly what Messi has won over the past year or so.
    Can't disagree with that. Messi was brilliant against us. Every time he got the ball we pooped ourselves. The only thing I'd say is Ronaldinho at his peak gave him a close run. Zidane was a genuis. Even at the last world cup he was the best player in the world.

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    It's funny you mention Ronaldinho - it was him who first alerted me to Messi's genius.

    When Ronaldinho was crowned World Player Of The Year a few years back, he was interviewed in World Soccer how he felt about that accolade, and his response was that he didn't feel he was the best even at his own Club - it was his way of introducing Messi to the world. Of course, I had seen a few games of Messi prior to that comment, but afterwards, I got to understand the thinking of Ronaldinho in saying that.

    He was spot on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johaldo8
    I said about 15 months ago that Messi was the best player in the world - I remember arguing it with J-Axe who was suggesting that Cesc could be! In fact, about a year before that, I remember O Dogg trying to argue that Rooney was better than Messi!!


    Btw, last season i always said Ronaldo deserved the award, because last season he was the best. No one had a season as incredible as his. I agree that Messi is better though. If Messi doesn't get injured this season, the world player of the year award will surely be going his way.

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