The super star in football, Lionel Messi

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Lionel Messi Born and raised in central Argentina, Lionel Messi, relocated to Spain to join Barcelona at age 13, for whom Messi made his competitive debut aged 17 in October 2004. Lionel established himself as an integral player for the club within the next three years, and in Messi’s first uninterrupted season in 2008–09, he helped Barcelona achieve the first treble in Spanish football that year, aged 22, Lionel Messi won his first Ballon d’Or. Three successful seasons followed, with Lionel Messi winning three consecutive Ballons d’Or, including an unprecedented fourth. During the 2011–12 season, Messi set the La Liga and European records for most goals scored in a single season, while establishing himself as Barcelona’s all-time top scorer.

The following two seasons, Lionel Messi finished second for the Ballon d’Or behind Cristiano Ronaldo Messi’s perceived career rival before regaining Messi’s best form during the 2014–15 campaign. Messi has become the all-time top scorer in La Liga. And he was leading Barcelona to a historic second treble. After this, Messi was awarded a fifth Ballon d’Or in 2015. Lionel Messi assumed the captaincy of Barcelona in 2018, and in 2019 he secured a record sixth Ballon d’Or.

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Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi is his country’s all-time leading goalscorer. At the youth level of football, Messi won the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship by finishing the tournament with both the Golden Ball and Golden Shoe and an Olympic gold medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics games. Lionel Messi’s style of play as a diminutive, he is a left-footed dribbler, drew comparisons with Lionel’s compatriot Diego Maradona, who described Lionel Messi as his successor. After Messi’s senior debut in August 2005, Lionel Messi became the youngest Argentine to play and score in a FIFA World Cup during the 2006 edition.

He reached the final of the 2007 Copa América, where Lionel Messi was named young player of the tournament. As the team’s captain from August 2011, Messi led Argentina to three consecutive finals. The 2014 FIFA World Cup final, for which Messi won the Golden Ball, and the 2015 and 2016 Copa América. After announcing Messi’s international retirement in 2016, Messi reversed his decision and led his country to qualification for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. He takes his team to a 3rd place finish at the 2019 Copa América.

Lionel Messi One of the most famous athletes in the world, Lionel Messi, has been sponsored by sportswear company Adidas since 2006 and has established himself as their leading brand endorser. Also, Lionel Messi is the world’s highest-paid footballer for five years out of six between 2009 and 2014, and he was ranked the world’s highest-paid athlete by Forbes in 2019. Lionel Messi was among Time’s 100 most influential people in the world in 2011 and 2012.

Player Profile

   Style of play-

Lionel Messi

Due to Messi’s short stature, Lionel Messi has a lower center of gravity than taller players. This gives Messi greater agility, allowing himself to change direction more quickly and evade opposing tackles. This has led the Spanish media to dub him The Atomic Flea. Despite being physically is unimposing, Messi possesses significant upper-body strength, which, combined with Messi’s low center of gravity and resulting balance, aids Messi in withstanding physical challenges from opponents. Messi has consequently been noted for his lack of diving in a sporting life with playacting. Messi’s short, strong legs allow Messi to excel in short bursts of acceleration while his quick feet enable him to retain control of the ball when dribbling at speed.

Messi’s former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola once stated, “Lionel Messi is the only player that runs faster with the ball than he does without it.”Although Messi has improved his ability with his weaker foot since his mid-20s, Lionel Messi is predominantly a left-footed player, with the outside of Messi’s left foot, Lionel Messi usually begins dribbling runs. At the same time, Messi uses the inside of Messi’s foot to finish and provide passes and assists.

Kicks,

Messi One of the most prolific goalscorers and clinical finishers of all time. Lionel Messi is known for his powerful and accurate striking ability from both inside and outside the area. As well as Messi’s positioning quick reacts, and knowledge that he has to make attacking runs to beat the defensive line. While Messi is renowned for his eye for goal. Lionel also functions in a playmaking role. And, courtesy of Messi’s vision and precise passing.

 Moreover, Messi is an accurate free-kick and penalty kick taker, though Lionel’s ability on penalties has somewhat deteriorated in recent seasons. Although Lionel Messi’s conversion rate from free kicks was initially low towards the beginning of his career. Later he developed it into one of the best free-kick takers in the world and is even considered by certain pundits to be one of the most excellent set-piece specialists of all time in football. Lionel Messi’s pace and technical ability enable him to undertake individual dribbling run towards goal, particularly during counterattacks. Usually, the starting from the halfway line or the right side of the pitch.  

Widely he considered to be the best dribbler in the world,  and one of the greatest of all time as well, concerning these abilities, Messi’s former Argentina manager Diego Maradona has said of him that,

“The ball stays glued to Lionel Messi’s foot”.

I have seen great players in my career, but I have never seen anyone with Messi’s ball control. Beyond Messi’s individual qualities. Lionel Messi is also well-rounded. And, hard-working team player. Also, known for Messi’s creative combinations. And, in particular, with his former Barcelona midfielders Xavi and Andrés Iniesta. 

Hidden tricks,

Lionel Messi of Barcelona dejected during the UEFA Champions League group F match between FC Barcelona and Inter at Camp Nou on October 2, 2019, in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Jose Breton/Pics Action/NurPhoto)

Tactically, Lionel Messi plays in a free attacking role, a versatile player Lionel Messi is capable of attacking on either wing or through the center of the pitch. Messi’s favorite position in childhood was the playmaker behind two strikers. As known as the enganche in Argentine football. Still, Messi began his career in Spain as a left-winger or left-sided forward. Upon Messi’s first-team debut, Lionel was moved onto the right-wing by manager Frank Rijkaard from this position. Messi could more easily cut through the defense into the middle of the pitch and curl shots on goal with his left foot. Rather than predominantly crossing the balls for teammates. 

Under Guardiola and subsequent managers, Messi most often played in a false nine role, positioned as a center-forward or lone striker, Messi would roam the center. Often moving deep into midfield and drawing defenders with Messi, to create and exploit spaces for the passes other teammates’ attacking runs off the ball, Lionel Messi’s dribbling runs, or combinations with Xavi and Andres Iniesta. Under the stewardship of Luis Enrique (Barcelona Manager), Lionel Messi initially returned to playing in the right-sided position that characterized much of his early career in the manager’s 4–3–3 formation. At the same time, Messi was increasingly deployed in a more profound, free playmaking role in later seasons in Laliga. Under Valverde, Lionel Messi played for a variety of purposes.

Role in the team,

While Messi occasionally continued to be deployed in a more profound purpose. From which Messi could make runs from behind into the box, or even on the right-wing or as a false nine. Messi was also used in a more offensive. And, central role in a 4–2–3–1 formation, or as a second striker in a 4–4–2 formation. Where Messi was once again given the license to drop deep, link-up with the midfielders. Also, orchestrate Messi’s teams attacking plays, and create chances for Messi’s attacking partner Suárez.

As Lionel’s career advanced, and Messi’s tendency to dribble diminished slightly with age, Lionel Messi began to dictate play in deeper areas of the pitch and developed into one of the best passers and playmakers in the world football. Messi’s work-rate off the ball and defensive responsibilities also decreased as his career progressed, by covering less ground on the football pitch, and instead of conserving Messi’s energy for short bursts of speed. Lionel Messi was able to improve his efficiency, movement, and positional plays. He was also able to avoid muscular injuries, despite often playing a large number of football matches throughout a particular season consistently.

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Lionel Messi

Indeed, while Messi was injury-prone in his early career, Lionel Messi was later able to improve his injury record by running less off the ball, and by adopting a stricter diet, training regime, and sleep schedule. With the Argentina national team, Lionel Messi has similarly played anywhere along the frontline, under various managers. Messi has an employee on the right-wing. As a false nine, as an out-and-out striker, in a supporting role alongside another forward, or a more profound. And, free creative role as a classic number 10 playmaker or attacking midfielder behind the strikers.

Lionel Messi’s Club Career Statistics in Laliga

                 La Liga                       Champions League

  • 2004-2005 – 7 Apps- 1Goals       1-Apps- 0Goals 
  • 2005-2006 – 17 Apps-6Goals      6-Apps- 1Goals
  • 2006-2007 – 26 Apps-14Goals    5-Apps- 1Goals
  • 2007-2008 – 28 Apps-10Goals    9-Apps- 6Goals
  • 2008-2009 – 31 Apps-23Goals   12-Apps- 9Goals
  • 2009-2010 – 35 Apps-34Goals   11-Apps- 8Goals
  • 2010-2011 – 33 Apps-31Goals   13-Apps- 12Goals
  • 2011-2012 – 37 Apps-50Goals   11-Apps- 14Goals
  • 2012-2013 – 32 Apps-46Goals   11-Apps- 8Goals
  • 2013-2014 – 31 Apps-28Goals   7-Apps- 8Goals
  • 2014-2015 – 38 Apps-43Goals   13-Apps- 10Goals
  • 2015-2016 – 33 Apps-26Goals   7-Apps- 6Goals
  • 2016-2017 – 34 Apps-37Goals   9-Apps- 11Goals
  • 2017-2018 – 36 Apps-34Goals   10-Apps- 6Goals
  • 2018-2019 – 34 Apps-36Goals   10-Apps- 12Goals
  • 2019-2020 – 13 Apps-13Goals   5-Apps – 2Goals

The young boy came from central Argentina with talent. The Lionel Messi now has proved to the world who he is. He is currently holding 6 Ballon d’Or.

 

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