On 17th Feb, Leo Messi received the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year award. He shared this award with Lewis Hamilton.
Full speech by Messi recognizing the award.
Marco Van Basten, One of The Dutch GOAT, has weighted in with his views in the raging debate of Messi Vs Ronaldo. And he seemed to be carrying a big jerry can smelling awful like Petrol.
This is what he said, " Cristiano Ronaldo is a great player, but those who claim that he is better than Messi don’t understand anything about football or say it in bad faith. Messi is unique, inimitable and unrepeatable. Players like him appear every 50 or 100 years. As a child he fell into the pot of football genius." Summarily dismissing CR7.
Messi has made donations worth €1 million to help overburdened health care systems deal with the coronavirus pandemic in Spain & Argentina.
Messi’s donation will be split between two medical centres: Hospital Clinic in Barcelona and another in his native Rosario, Argentina.
LIONEL MESSI has also confirmed Barcelona players are taking a 70 per cent pay cut during the coronavirus pandemic.
Did you know Messi’s international debut lasted just 43 seconds?
He debuted against Hungary in 2005. He was put in as a half-time substitute, but was shown a straight red card 43 seconds into his debut for allegedly elbowing defender.
The decision was a harsh one as he was seen just attempting to shrug off a challenge and move forward with the ball. But, referee show it differently.
On this day 5 years ago, Lionel Messi scored this incredible solo goal against Athletic Bilbao in the Copa Del Rey final. Here it is analyzed to the bottom.
A few stats for Messi fans to boast of!
He has scored 25 league goals in each of the last 10 La Liga seasons
He has 22 La Liga goals as a substitute
He has scored 52 direct free-kicks for club and country
He is first ever player to have 1000 goal contributions
He has scored 41 career hat-tricks for Barcelona
Lionel Messi scores 700 career goals in 112 matches fewer than Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo.
Messi scored the 700th goal of his career on Tuesday (June 30) during a 2-2 draw vs Atletico Madrid. Messi reached the milestone with a penalty against the best goalkeeper in the world, Jan Oblak.
Messi reached 700 career goals in just 861 appearances
630 goals in 723 matches for Barcelona
And 70 goals in 138 appearances for Argentina
Awesome portrait of the GOAT in his natural habitat: the football pitch!
One Leo Messi.
Messi’s phenomenal playmaking statistics outclassing all the top midfielders of this season.
At the age of 33 giving tough competition to a 29y/o PL’s best midfielder, maintaining a decent scoring frequency along with magnificent figure of goal assistance, big chance creation, key passing, superb passing accuracy percentage… What more do you want from a single player at the age of 33?
Also He is on the verge of becoming the first ever player to hold the record of scoring and providing highest number of goals and assist in a single season.
He is the only player to achieve
Most number of Golden Balls
Most number of Golden Boots
Most number of Best Playmaker award
Messi is declining, growing older he can’t score solo goals from midfield anymore but he is still that player whom any team in this world would love to have.
The Most Complete Footballer ever to play this game.
Messi created another record with seventh Pichichi award after scoring a double against Deportivo Alaves in the final match of the season. His season tally stood at 25 goals in 33 appearances and 21 assists thus beating Xavi’s all time record.
Lionel Messi has proved himself the GOAT again. Man it is unrealistic. 25 goals and 21 assists in a single season shattering multiple records. However, it is sad to see the player not winning the league because of shaky defence. I hope Barcelona redeems themselves by winning UEFA CL
This is the fourth season in a row that Messi has finished top of the goal standings in Spain’s top flight - the longest streak of any player in LaLiga Santander since Hugo Sanchez did the same in the 1980s.
Messi finally showed his tough side in the round of 16 against Napoli!
Messi destroying Bayern defense in 2014-15 UCL semi-final.