It’s getting really difficult with this guy. If professional journalists are running out of superlatives, what do you expect from us mere bloggers? We’d go with “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” but we already used that one up when he scored 5 goals in a CL knockout game. And now he’s gone ahead and broken one more record with most number of official goals for FC Barcelona at the ridiculous age of 24. Short of videotaping our collective faces when Messi consistently makes the miracle look mundane and vice-versa every three days (and we’d NEVER do that to you, dear readers), we can’t think of much else to do.
We could quote existing pieces of cleverness of course (“It’s Messi-ness not Cleanliness that’s next to Godliness” – Telegraph. Or was it the Guardian? Daily Star maybe?), but we’ve most probably forgotten the source. We could quote his team mates, coach and staff (“Amongst all the sons of Krypton, Messi plays the best football. Clark Kent is good at flying though.”), but it’s already been done to death. We could compile all the lovely things everyone and their aunt has been saying about him, but it’s much too much effort even given our undying love for the preternaturally talented spaceship-concealing pint-sized footballing genius. So we’ll just thank the Football Gods for cleverly conspiring to bring 13 year old Messi to FC Barcelona and not to, say for instance, Real Madrid, and present the following result of a lot of hard work put in by someone else (credit: (@jwmcrb)).
The thing that strikes you most after picking your jaw off the floor, wiping the dribble off your chin and restoring your eyeballs to its sockets (well, you did watch the 234 goals above, didn’t you?) is what Pep Guardiola put across so neatly. “He doesn’t just score lots of goals he scores lots of GREAT goals”. Like lots and lots of great goals. Of the laws-of-physics-defying mind-boggling kind. From angles you can’t even begin to understand.
Let’s enjoy Messi, at least till he is banned from competing by some equivalent of a Fairness Committee or Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Footballers. Here, have a cupcake and watch one more Allas video on Messi’s 100 assists in his career.
Note: If you have a suspect heart (or even if you’ve developed a sudden predilection towards chip goals), we’d suggest you start with another Allas compilation before working your way into the 234 goal video. We cannot be held legally liable. For anything.
So is Leo Messi rapidly making a case for possibly being the greatest football player ever? It’s impossible to say, comparisons across generations can rarely yield a definite result. Pele, for instance, would vehemently disagree. And spam us all with Pele DVDs no doubt. What can be said for sure is that it is absolutely enthralling to watch genius bloom before your eyes, to watch the fulfillment of what was once a great promise.
And the best part is, there is so much more to come. When he is done, as Pep Guardiola said after the game yesterday, it’s quite possible that “no one will ever beat Messi’s record”. So let’s just be thankful that we are part of a generation that gets to watch this twice every week.
Thank you, Football Gods.
Source for pictures: fcbarcelona.com Source for videos: Allas jwmcrb ellabarca barcastuff