FC Barcelona’s official website has published a series of images today captioned ‘Messi’s Magic Tricks’ (sample on left). Don’t get us wrong, we love this man. We love the way the football is almost like a logical extension of his appendages. Most of all, we love the fact that the Football Gods sent him to Barca and hence we can appreciate the beauty he unleashes on the field with a whole heart, more so than…say a Real Madrid fan watching the El Classico. All that said…magic tricks? Really? All we see is Lionel Andres Messi squatting on the field, staring warily at the ball. There are lot of things he can do with the football that can only be attributed to some form of supernatural influence, but we don’t think making like a performing seal is one of them.
Is there something we are missing? Maybe that’s the magic?