Lionel Messi Video Rating: four / 5
The star of Barcelona and Argentina, Lionel Messi came back from the injury he has been suffering from the past few months and has already made an immediate impact with Barcelona as he continues the superb form he has been enjoying in recent times by scoring goals and helping his club maintain the top spot in La Liga.
The Argentine superstar has a busy year ahead of him with Champions League, La Liga, and the 2014 World Cup is nearing closer and closer. Messi is hands down the most influential and important player not only for Barcelona but also for his country, Argentina.
Messi believes that this year can be a great one for Argentina as the team has been improving and growing both on and off the pitch.
“I’m very well, full of energy and with a lot of hope. I was able to play again after a long time. I’m happy with my current form and slowly but surely I will be getting there to hopefully peak at the right time of the year.”
He added: “I hope this could be a great year not only for me but also for Barcelona and for Argentina.
“I think this World Cup arrives at a good time for Argentina. We have grown as a team on and off the pitch. We have a great bunch of lads that love to play for our country. I think we will get to Brazil in a great shape and with all the chances in the world. It will be extra special, well above all the other World Cups; it is in Brazil, with everything that means for us. Our supporters will be there in their thousands and with them behind us I’m sure we can achieve something very, very special.”
Much of the responsibilities will be resting on Messi as he is not only the star player for Argentina but also the captain.
After playing for Barcelona throughout his career, there have been transfer rumours about Lionel Messi seeking a new challenge. This has also been due to the rise in the number of clubs able to spend extravagant sums of money. Taking Messi away from Barcelona will not be easy since the striker will cost easily in excess of £ 150 million, which would be a new world record. His contract reportedly has a release clause of £ 250 million. Despite the extravagant sums of money involved, Inter Milan president Erick Thohir says that signing Messi is not an impossible task.
He was recently appointed as the president of the club to succeed Massimo Moratti after the latter sold the club. There were severe financial constraints during the latter years of Moratti, but that has now been removed following the arrival of the new owners. They have promised huge transfer funds in the summer, while the talk of even signing a star name like Messi does not appear to go away. Inter Milan have been struggling to sustain their form even after the arrival of Walter Mazzarri as the new manager in the summer. The former Napoli man has been able to get the team only to fifth in the table after New Year.
They are 10 points behind the final Champions League qualifying spot.
“Players like Messi can be bought. But only on the condition that the club’s finances are not affected. In January, though, it will be difficult to recruit new players because the window is so narrow and there’s only half a season left to play,” said the new Inter Milan president.
Despite the troubles on the pitch, they are not expected to spend substantial amounts of money this January. Mazzarri is expected to be handed a war chest in the summer to improve the team.
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Argentina’s Lionel Messi is the current holder of the Ballon d’Or award after having won it for the past three years, but he is widely expected to lose this crown to the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Franck Ribery when the award ceremony takes place in January. Messi has not been performing up to his exceptional standard he has set in the last few years, but Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero says that Messi is still the best player in the world according to him. Aguero has a great relationship with Messi due to his connections in the national team.
Both strikers have been doing exceptionally well for Argentina in recent World Cup qualifying matches. They have been playing together since the age of 17. Aguero has said that irrespective of who wins the Ballon d’Or award this campaign, the Barcelona superstar will be the best player. Aguero has not come into contention for this award, but he is expected to do so in the next year. He has begun the season extremely well with Manchester City. He is the top scorer in the league with 10 goals.
“Messi is a very important person to me. Lionel is the best footballer in the world, but to me we are friends first, always. We started playing together when we were just 17 years old. He was always going to be the best, always. He’s the number one and maybe I can be number two. Not yet though, I’m doing OK but I have to keep training hard and playing well,” said Aguero to the BBC.
He has formed an exceptional partnership with Alvaro Negredo, who came from Sevilla in a £ 25 million deal in the summer. Despite Aguero scoring a lot of goals, City are outside the top four at the moment.
Lionel Messi Online video Score: four / 5
Lionel Messi made sure that Barcelona’s unbeaten run in the ongoing Champions League would continue as he scored a brilliant leveller against AC Milan yesterday night.
The match eventually ended in the form of a draw and both the teams were given one point each. With that one point, Barcelona’s points tally went to 7 and they remained the first team in the Group H points table.
The start of the match was pretty disastrous for Barca as they conceded a goal in the 9th minute. It was Robinho who gave the visitors that blow.
But, Messi as always came in the rescue of Barca again in the 24th minute. He got a superb pass from Andres Iniesta, but, he still had to get rid of a couple of opposition players. He fumbled a bit, but, he eventually managed to go past both of them and then, with a crisp shot, he found the bottom corner of the net to make the score 1-1.
Quite a few superstars were going to feature in this Milan-Barca match and it was expected to be a full house at San Siro. It turned out to be a full house indeed as close to 75,000 spectators were out there to cheer for their favourite players.
Messi was the main attraction as he was coming back after recovering from a thigh problem. Some people might have expected him to be a bit rusty, but, the Argentinean didn’t look like that at all. He was fluent right from the word go.
Barcelona and AC Milan will again take on each other in a couple of weeks. That match will be played at Estadio Camp Nou and a victory there for Barca would put them in a great position to qualify for the next round.
Lionel Messi Movie Ranking: 4 / five
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