“Lionel Messi is the greatest footballer I’ve ever seen. Impossible not to think of players like Pele and Maradona but, with that left foot of his, Messi does incredible things and there are many goalkeepers who have made a bad impression against him”
This is the crowning of Tiger Woods, among the greatest golfers ever, after Argentina’s triumph at the World Cup in Qatar, with the ‘Pulce’ who dragged the Albiceleste in the final against France which was decided on penalties.
Lionel Messi, history
Lionel Andrés Messi Cuccittini, known as Leo Messi (Spanish pronunciation [ljoˈnɛl ˈmesi]; Rosario, 24 June 1987), is an Argentine footballer, midfielder or striker for Paris Saint-Germain and the Argentina national team, of which he is captain, with which he he is crowned champion of South America in 2021 and world champion in 2022.
Often compared to his compatriot Diego Armando Maradona he is considered one of the greatest footballers of all time. He is the second most prolific scorer in football history, the best South American scorer of the national football teams and the best man-assists ever (392).
The 42 official trophies won in his career make him the second player ever for team trophies won. He is also included in the list of players with at least 1,000 career appearances. He holds the record for goals scored in official competitions both in a single season (82 in 2011-2012) and in a calendar year (91 in 2012) and is the player who holds the record for goals (34) and assists (15) in finals in official competitions.
The 35 trophies won make him the most decorated footballer in the history of Barcelona, the club of which he also holds the record for appearances, goals and assists.Together with Luis Suárez and Neymar he was part of the most prolific trident (called MSN from the initials of their surnames) in the history of the club and of Spanish football.
He holds the record for goals and assists in La Liga. He holds the all-time record for goals (50 in 2011-2012) and assists (21 in 2019-2020) scored in a single season in the top five European leagues With the Argentine national team, for which he holds the record for appearances and goals, he has participated in five editions of the world championship (2006, 2010, 2014, 2018 and 2022), – record – and six of the Copa América ( 2007, 2011, 2015, 2016, 2019 and 2021).
Individually, he has won the Golden Ball seven times (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2019, 2021), the Golden Boot six times (2010, 2012, 2013, 2017, 2018, 2019), the FIFA World’s Best Player award six times (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2019) and the UEFA Best Player three times (2009, 2011 and 2015).
The IFFHS elected him the best footballer of the decade 2011-2020 and twice the best international scorer of the year (2011 and 2012). In addition, the English magazine World Soccer elected him World Player of the Year for 5 years.