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Is Lionel Messi Unstoppable?

At the moment the answer would most likely be a resounding “Yes” considering Lionel Messi’s torrid scoring run and his great form. However, one would only need to look at Argentina’s matches to see how the talented Messi who is widely regarded as the best player in the world becomes just another good player. In fact the Barcelona version of the player can be considered as unplayable and near impossible to stop while the Messi who plays for Argentina is still a quality player but one who can be somewhat restricted.

Messi’s form for Barca puts him alongside some of the best players in the world in the last two decades including Zinedine Zidane and the Brazilian Ronaldo (when healthy and at his peak). Messi will surpass both and perhaps be considered one of the best ever if he can lift the World Cup trophy in South Africa 2010. At the tender age of 22 he has already won the Spanish la Liga and the Champions League not to mention the historic sweep of all titles available the last campaign. This is in itself a great achievement which cannot be underestimated but for him to be considered amongst the best ever, Messi must win the World Cup with Argentina.

This season Messi has already scored more goals than he did last season in all competitions and his 27 goals in la Liga are more than the 23 he managed last season in the domestic league. Messi’s form with Barca does not translate to his caps with Argentina where his performances are deemed as less impressive and not as great. The main reason is the fact Barca have a better structured team with more talented players and a vastly superior coach in Josep Guardiola. Diego Maradona might be one of the best players to ever grace the football field but he was never admired for his character and his limited coaching skills leave a lot to be desired. Guardiola took over as a young coach but proved he had the tactical knowledge but more importantly he knew how best to use Messi and the current talent at his disposal. The fact Guardiola spent the majority of his career at the Camp Nou helps as well while Maradona had limited coaching experience prior to taking over Argentina and has shown he is clueless when it comes to bringing the best out of Messi.

Argentina have quality players and are not a bad team but Maradona has failed to surround Messi with the right players and has not been able to employ the proper system which turns Messi into the focal point in the national team. In Barcelona Messi can rely on the talented and underrated Xavi Hernandez to thread in pinpointed passes and provide incisive assists. Xavi was one of the main architects behind the triumph over Real Madrid and he is by far one of the most reliable and effective midfielders in the world. Messi also has the likes of Andres Iniesta, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Daniel Alves who provide ample support in terms of passing, assists and diversion to free up the Argentine genius and give him more space to roam freely and operate.

The answer to the question why Barca’s Messi performs much better than the Messi who represents Argentina could be simply down to the one way to stop the young star: Hire Maradona and make sure Messi is not surrounded by the appropriate squad. Could the main obstacle preventing Messi’s rise to claim the crown of one of the best ever be none other than Maradona (a former great and the current Argentina coach)? Some believe Maradona’s ego and desire to safeguard his status as Argentina’s best ever is behind Messi’s shortcomings while others simply attribute this to Maradona’s utter incompetence as a tactician.

Will Messi carry Argentina all the way to the final and help his country claim a third World Cup title to cement himself as not just this generation’s best player but one of the best ever to play in the history of the game? Only time will tell and barring any injury Messi has about three chances (World Cup 2010, World Cup 2014 and World Cup 2018).

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  1. Messi Fan

    March 28, 2012 at 4:58 am

    Messi is the best only problem is he hasn’t won a World Cup yet.
    But he has still plenty of time.

  2. Praevane

    April 14, 2010 at 12:47 am

    I know Messi scored 4 goals on Arsenal, won the spanish medal and the player of the year, but in my opinion, I think Zlatan Ibrahimovic is a better striker or player.
    I don’t see nothing good came out from Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo or kaka, to me, Ibrahimovic is always the top striker in the world, magical player. Zlatan has something that these 3 doesn’t have.
    He’s strong, he’s smart, he got better dribble shot, his shot are way stronger than Ronaldo but not as accurate, his dribble are effective and full of skills and not dive like Cristiano Ronaldo after loosing the ball or with high luck like Messi which lack of skill, ball control
    And also he just got into the Spanish league, a normal player would took at least 1 or 2 seasons to get used to the style of a new division league, but Ibrahimovic 2nd top scorer. He has more experience, to tell the truth, the 4 goals that Messi scored on Arsenal, 2 of them are perfect pass so he should be able to score, and the other 2 are lucky random shot…Zlatan goals on Arsenal are skill, chipped over the goalie’s head and with a powerful shot into his target.

    • allan

      April 16, 2010 at 5:34 pm

      so you saying 40 goals in 40-some games this season were random and lucky?

  3. Mustapha

    April 12, 2010 at 2:44 am

    Without any doubt lionel messi is the greatest ever in the history

  4. negar

    April 12, 2010 at 2:04 am

    Leo Messi is really the best . I’m sure . And I belive he will be…

  5. Kaya

    April 12, 2010 at 1:08 am

    Ageed with Sam…does not matter if he does not win the world cup…maybe it will do in future once we look back at his achievement or maybe not; eg top ten player not to win the world cup…but then currently on his form,which has been pretty much the same fantastic form hes shown over the last couple of years,coupled with what he has already won,i tihnk its fair to say yes he is a world class player no doubt bout it…

  6. angelo

    April 12, 2010 at 12:50 am

    Here is to show south american talent. He is just one of many.

  7. angelo

    April 12, 2010 at 12:46 am

    if he keeps going the way he is going he migth surpass his chilhood hero Maradona and Pele.

  8. angelo

    April 12, 2010 at 12:44 am

    Messi is the best ever. Thats it.

  9. Angelo

    April 12, 2010 at 12:43 am

    Messi is the best. I do not care what anybody else thinks. Messy is just simply the best,

  10. Sam Davis

    April 12, 2010 at 12:17 am

    I think you might mean “Yes” in that first sentence.

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