Is Barcelona’s Lionel Messi the worlds greatest footballer?
During Wednesday’s Champions league cup tie game against Bayer Leverkusen, Barcelona went out with a 3-1 lead on aggregate. In this match, it was the first time Messi had scored five goals in a game in his entire career. He also made history by being the first player to scored five goals in a any Champions League game. In addition to this, he also has one quadruple (v Arsenal), one hat-trick (v Viktoria Plzen) and nine braces in the competition.
Messi has scored an amazing 49 goals in 64 games which makes Messi the fourth top scorer in the history of the Champions League cup since 1992-1993. In front of him is Raul with 71 goals, Ruud Van Nistelrooy with an impressive 56, & Arsenal legend, Thierry Henry with 50.
This season, Messi has scored 12 goals in the Champions League, which equals the best total in a Champions League campaign since years 1992-1993. The others to reach that tally were Van Nistelrooy (2002-03) & Messi himself (2010-11).
Also this season, Lionel Messi has scored twice as many goals as any other player in the Champions League, ahead of Bayern Munich’s striker, Mario Gomez scoring six.
Since his goal in the 2009 final against Manchester United, Messi has bagged 33 goals in 30 Champions League starts for his club. It had been a year since he last scored at the Nou Camp in the competition (3-1 v Arsenal, 8 March 2011).
Messi had seven shots against Leverkusen, six of them on target, scoring 5 of them.
At the age of 24 years, eight months and 13 days old, Messi scored his 49th Champions League goal, Raul was aged 27 years, four months and 27 days – while Van Nistelrooy and Henry were aged 30 and 31 respectively.
What have people said about Messi?
“He is the best player in football’s history and we’ve never seen anyone like him”
“He’s the best [ever], there is no other like him. We’ll never see a player like him again. The throne belongs to him and only he will decide when he wants to relinquish it.” – Messi’s manager, Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola.
However, the greatest player ever had to say…
“When Messi has scored 1,283 goals like me, when he’s won three World Cups, we’ll talk about it.” – Pele.
So what do you think? Is Messi the best player in the world at the moment or best player ever? Comment with your views.