Friday, March 9th, 2012
Should Lionel Messi now be considered the greatest player ever?
Although Maradona and Pele can wave their World Cup winners medals in Messi’s face, the swath of public opinion is now weighing down on LM10′s side of scale after the greatest footballer of the modern era did the impossible on Wednesday night. He managed to outdo himself.
The Messi stats are unreal.
228 goals for Barcelona. 52 goals in 51 games in all competitions this season. 14 career hat-tricks. Two 4-goal hauls. And now a 5-goal haul too; the first ever in Champions League history.
Messi now has 49 European goals (the same as Alfredo di Stefano). Moreover, in another seven goals time he’ll join Cesar as Barcelona’s all time leading goalscorer. Then he’ll instantly overtake him and the Barcelona bar will be set so high it’s doubtful whether it will ever be beaten again.
And then there is the final number to consider. Messi’s age. 24.
But Messi is so much more than just numbers. Or words for that matter. ”Don’t write about him, don’t try to describe him. Just watch him,” was Pep Guardiola’s sobering advise after the Leverkusen game. Others however couldn’t help but verbalise one of the all-time great performances.
“Messi is better than Maradona and Pele,” said Argentinian coach Carlos Bianchi. ”Messi is better than Maradona; he is more complete, more consistent, more spectacular,” said Brazilian legend Tostao. While, talking in more modern day language, Radamel Falcao asked ”Was that a Champions League game or Messi playing on the PlayStation?”