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The man called Messi

By David Ogbonna, Reporter/ Columnist

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A few weeks ago, I read in Euro Sport about a statement made by one of Atlético de Madrid Soccer Club’s talented and experienced Coaches, Diego Simone. Cholo as he is fondly called took Atletico de Madrid from a struggling Soccer team in Spanish La Liga to an enviable league contender in all major leagues in Europe – No wonder Atlético de Madrid humiliated Real Madrid FC 4-0 over the weekend.The man Called Messi

In the Statement Diego Simone affirmed that “Messi alone is more dangerous than Ronaldo, Bale and Benzema put together.”

Cholo’s claim frankly questions the validity of Cristiano Ronaldo being awarded the Ballon d’or of 2014(Worlds Best Soccer Player). We can only wonder was it based on merit or we can take to Facebook and Twitter like others and ask: “How did they award Ronaldo ballon d’or 2014??!!… Who put that together?!!” It wouldn’t be a surprise seeing such questions emanating from Facebook, because we cannot recall any achievement, record, or play that Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid FC performed that Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona didn’t equal to or greater than – tremendously outperformed his contenders in the last world Cup. I believe every reasonable soccer fan will question the validity of the organizers (FIFA) for the 2014 award.

According to the world football body (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) Lionel Messi made it through to the FIFA World Cup Final in 2014, and clearly his contender Cristiano Ronald didn’t make it through group G stage following Team USA’s combative 2-2 draw and a 4-0 punch from the German Team.

Ø  Tournaments Editions MP W D L GF GA Y 2YC R
Ø  FIFA Club World Cup 2009, 2011 4 4 0 0 4 0 1 0 0
Ø  Olympic Football Tournament Final 2008 5 5 0 0 2 0 1 0 0
Ø  FIFA U-20 World Cup Final 2005 7 6 0 1 6 0 1 0 0
Ø  FIFA World Cup™ Final 2006, 2010, 2014 15 11 2 2 5 0 0 0 0
Ø  FIFA World Cup™ Qualifier 2010, 2014 35 17 9 9 14 0 1 0 0

Lionel Messi, usually quiet and of good manners on and off the soccer pitch has historically netted 356 goals for Barcelona and 42 for Argentina. Currently any goal scored by Lionel Messi becomes history made and a milestone other Soccer players dead or alive dream to catch up with, as no soccer player past or present can be equated to his achievements. Halfway gone into 2014-2015 leagues Season while Cristiano Ronaldo is busy picking up fight and red on the pitch Lionel is busy delivering assistance to his team, with a clear-cut 16 Assists already.

It is disheartening that FIFA refused to take into consideration Messi’s world cup performance. A few years ago there was a lot of criticism regarding Messi’s National team performance while over performing at FC Barcelona at the time, and Ronaldo was awarded world best player for that year; critics cited Messi’s lack of national team performance as the reason why Ronaldo won it, however, if FIFA had taken into proper consideration Messi’s world cup performance then the Ballon d’or of 2014 should be mailed back to Lionel Messi with a letter of apology from the FIFA President citing error in judgment; which is entirely understandable.

 

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