Player highlight: Lionel Messi

What hasn’t already been said about this player, four-time FIFA Ballon D’or winner, greatest goal scorer in UEFA Champions league history and player with most goals for Spanish giants FC Barcelona.

Since making his league debut against local rivals Espanyol in 2004, Messi has went to create himself as this generation’s finest player while some argue he should be considered the greatest of all time ahead of compatriot Diego Maradona and legendary Brazilian player Pele.

The Argentine, last season (2014/2015) reached another milestones after stopping the season with 43 goals and 18 assists for Barcelona while also scoring his 400th goal for the Catalans as the club lifted the treble consisting of the national league title, Champions League and the Copa Del Rey.

Alongside Luis Suarez and Neymar, Messi entered the record books when the trio became the most fatal assaulting force in club football after netting 122 times in the course of a memorable season for the Catalans.

It isn’t difficult to envision how many clubs would have been willing to part with a lot more as medical bills considering the immense pleasure he was able to bring to not only Barca fans but to neutrals alike who appreciate astounding football.

Despite all his accomplishments and accolades for the Blaugrana, exactly the same can not be said about his senior level career with Argentina where he lately failed to direct the team to their first Copa America title in 22 years (suffered defeat against hosts Chile in the final).

His sweetest memories with the South American country came at the age grade level where in 2005, inspired them to the FIFA U20 World Cup prize in Holland (scooping the Golden Shoe and MVP gongs) and three years after was part of the U23 team that conquered Nigeria 1-0 to clinch Gold at the Beijing Olympics.

Before this year’s Copa America, last year’s Mundial in Brazil (Argentina’s largest competition) was assumed to be Messi’s tournament, where he was tipped to not only take the world by storm at the occasion but in addition place end to speculations that only winning the coveted trophy for his state would see him being seen in precisely the same light as ‘most cherished son’ Diego Maradona.

The player’s clean cut, off the field; down to earth style did raise his likeability among many soccer lovers who see Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo, his competition as more of an arrogant and egoistic man compared to the Argentine.

Problems with Spanish tax authorities and lately with the International Human Rights Commission (IHRC) over his trip to Gabon, a country blighted by instances of rights abuses and corruption in the expense of President Ali Bongo meant ‘Leo’ is human after all.

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