University of Chicago
Type of paper: Thesis/Dissertation Chapter
Just Another Lionel Messi
Standing at just over 5 feet 6 inches tall , and with an age of just 24 , Lionel Messi is touted to be one of the greatest players of all time , maybe even the greatest . Maradonna famously termed him his ‘successor’ , and although Pele finds reasons not to call him the greatest of all time , its probably ‘cause he’d rather not give up his title to someone else. Human nature, you could say,but well,he’s going to have to agree sooner or later.
Cristiano Ronaldo has it all. He has the stats, he has the ability, he has the strength. There is no doubt in the fact that Cristiano Ronaldo has been grossly underestimated when it comes to comparisons with Messi. Messi cant head the ball like Ronaldo. Ronaldo can probably do everything that Messi can with his feet. But then what is it that Messi has that attracts every single person to the beautiful game? The fact that he lives for the game.
Once he gets the ball , he will not leave it until he has done justice to his ability with the ball. All incredibly skilful players, Ronaldo , Nani , you name them, dive at the first opportunity presented to them . Lionel Messi never dives. If you’re wondering what I mean by ‘dive’, and I’m assuming you probably are , it is the practice of falling to the ground ,pretending to be injured, appealing for a foul, and then ,once the purpose is fulfilled, ending up running around the field without any hint of injury.
Lionel Messi hardly ever does it . In fact he never does it . Messi is humble, probably the humblest ‘great’ of all time . After scoring seven goals in the past week, and being on the verge of becoming the all-time highest goalscorer of Barcelona, he still credits the club’s run of success,as well as his , to coach Pep Guardiola. Lionel Messi never dives. He plays fair. And when he does,he makes sure we all know , that he was born to play this game .