Lionel Messi who has a huge fan following all across the globe is often compared to Christiano Ronaldo. Before I begin with the reasons why we love Messi let’s start with a great quote from Turkish footballer Arda Turan (Galatassary)-
‘Messi or Ronaldo best player in the world? In the world, I would say Ronaldo. Messi is from another planet.’
1. PLAYS FOR THE TEAM
He’s more of a player who can play for the team rather than play himself. It seems he plays as a team member, equally willing to play a team mate through as to take on a shot.
2. He Can Do Anything With The Ball.
Diego Maradona once commented that, ‘Messi’s close control is so abnormally good that he can run with the ball while watching TV – he has now reached a level where could probably change the channels as well.‘
Lots of guys have talent, but Messi goes a step further. You never see him pause and think that he can’t do it and the confidence really shows on the pitch. It isn’t arrogance it’s an inner certainty that he’ll outplay his opposition.
4. WON BALLON D’OR THRICE
Lionel Messi won the Ballon d’Or or FIFA World Player of the Year 2011-2012. He got the second position in 2012 after Cristiano Ronaldo. This annual award is given to male footballer that has the best performance. The award was voted by coaches, captains, and journalists.
He may be the greatest footballer but he never forgets to acknowledge his team mates in any interview or award ceremony.
Messi prefers to live a simple life rather than the luxurious life that many celebrities are famous for.
The Leo Messi Foundation, organised on the behalf of the Barcelona luminary, has been helping passionate young footballers turn their lofty aspirations into vibrant achievements. He has also engaged himself in countless work of charity for children welfare.
Whether it’s his childhood girlfriend or his club, Messi has always remained loyal to both.