To describe the way Lionel Andrés Messi plays would be close to impossible; there simply aren’t enough words. However, life didn’t start out according to plan for him. During his time in the Newel’s Old Boys youth academy, Messi was diagnosed with a growth hormone deficiency. Many clubs, although interested in signing him, were not willing to pay the $900 per month needed to treat his condition, however it was FC Barcelona who seized the opportunity to buy a player who would turn out to be one of the best players the game has ever seen.It didn’t take long for Messi to fit into the team; at just 17 years, ten months and seven days old, Messi became the youngest player to score in a La Liga match for Barcelona. From then on, only success followed, with four consecutive Ballon d’Or awards and countless other records, such as the most goals scored in a calendar year in Europe at 91, surpassing Gerd Muller’s 85. At just 25, Messi became Barcelona’s all-time top goalscorer, and his figures continue to rise, showing why so many see him as a player from another planet. Looking at this signed boot, the image of his lightning fast reflexes, supreme dribbling and precise left foot come to mind. Now, defenders are ironically defenseless; their attempts are simply futile against La Pulga.
To describe the way Lionel Andrés Messi plays would be close to impossible; there simply aren’t enough words.