Remember the photograph that went viral earlier this year of the little Afghan boy wearing what looked like an Argentina jersey made out of a plastic bag with Messi’s name and shirt number on it? That is the power of Lionel Messi. A football God to at least half the world, the Barcelona star needs no introduction. After all, what language and which words would you use to describe the extent of his talent and genius?
The Argentine’s every move on the pitch is instinctive, effortless and there is a sense of ease in what he does that makes him an absolute delight to behold .Would I be exaggerating if I said my heart sings with joy whenever he plays? I think not.
In honour of the man who has captivated the world since 2004, here’s looking back at ten of his best skills and goals on the pitch:
#10 Messi vs Brazil – 2012
Video courtesy: Youtube/Amster786
Lionel Messi scored a sensational hat-trick against South American rivals Brazil in a friendly clash in 2012. Both teams stood equally poised with three goals each on the scoreboard but it was Messi’s third goal of the night and Argentina’s fourth that stole the show.
He collected the ball from inside Brazil’s half near the touchline on the right and ran straight at the Brazilian defenders. Messi cut to his left and aimed a high curling shot into the top corner from just outside the box. An effortless strike if there ever was one.