The great Johan Cryuff once made a statement about the mecurial Lionel Messi.
In his words ” What makes Messi great is that he keeps it simple, but does the simple things with panache.
“You see Messi and you think he’s doing impossible things. You see him move, run, dribble, score and you think, he’s a genius, he does the most difficult things.
“But that’s not it. What’s great about Messi is he does very simple things. Or that he does what appears to us to be difficult simply and cooly”.
And Like the popular lyrics of American songwriter Robert Kelly in his song titled The World’s Greatest ;
If anybody asks you who I am
just stand up tall,
look ’em in the face and say
I’m that star up in the sky
I’m that mountain peak up high
Hey I made it, hmm
I’m the world’s greatest .
New King on the throne: Former Ballon d’Or Winner Luka Modric handing over the crown to Lionel Messi.
This surely would have been the song playing in the mind of the four time Champions League winner and six – time FIFA World Best Player when ex- Chelsea Forward and Ivory Coast Striker Didier Drogba reeled out his name as the winner of the 2019 Ballon d’Or Award.
Record Breaker: Lionel Messi poses with his sixth Ballon d’Or Award.
The Barcelona forward by virtue of his winning his 6th Ballon d’Or award in the French capital would surely continue to generate heated arguements between football fans about who truly is the greatest football player on planet earth presently between his long time rival Cristiano Ronaldo and the Barcelona soccer maestro.Most soccer loving afficionadoes have deemed the highest goal scorer (Ronaldo) in the Uefa Champions League as the better player among the amazing duo, due to his numerous travails at Sporting Lisbon, Manchester United, Real Madrid and Juventus, unlike Messi whose only club has been Barcelona.
A large sect feel the pint sized Argentine needs to leave his comfort zone, by replicating his successes at Barcelona with another top club, before the tag as the greatest of all time can be ascribed to him.
The near successes of Lionel Messi with the Argentine team, having dragged his nation into four different finals , and losing all twice to Chile and Brazil at the Copa America tournament and the FIFA 2014 World Cup in Germany, has often times being watered down with Cristiano Ronaldo ‘s epoch triumph at the 2016 European Nations Cup in France.
The Argentine Playmaker was presented with the gong by 2018 winner Luka Modric and that means as well as this year, the Argentina international has also won the Ballon d’Or in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2015.
was presented with the gong by 2018 winner Luka Modric and that means as well as this year, the Argentina international has also won the Ballon d’Or in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2015.
Mr Consistency :Messi celebrating his goal against Atletico Madrid at the Wanda Metropolitano during their La-Liga encounter.
Messi was involved in 63 goals in total in the past 12 months for both club and country, including 46 goals and 17 assists as the playmaker helped Barca to retain their La Liga crown.
Out Of My Way : Lionel Messi goes past Liverpool’s Defence Trojan Virgil Van Dijk in their semi-finals clash in last season’s Uefa Champions League.
The Barca captain beat Liverpool and Netherlands centre-back Virgil van Dijk into second place, while his long-time rival Cristiano Ronaldo was third in the voting, with Liverpool forward Sadio Mane fourth.
Goal Poacher : Messi curls the ball into the bottom corner to give Barcelona three maximum points against Atletico Madrid.
We’ve Done it : Barcelona record goal scorer , Messi celebrates Barca’s win over Los Colchoneros.
Only on Sunday night, the phenomenom scored the only goal in the La-Liga fixture at the Wanda Metropolitano, as Barcelona continued to pave the way as front-runners in the Spanish top division.
History Maker: Messi with his family at the gala night
The Argentine Playmaker thanked the journalists who voted for him said Messi after picking up the award in Paris on Monday night alongside his two sons and wife.
thanked the journalists who voted for him said Messi after picking up the award in Paris on Monday night alongside his two sons and wife.
Thank you so much to my colleagues who have actually contributed a lot to this prize. It is amazing, thank you so much.”