It’s playstation football for Lionel Messi

by Michael Somerville

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

Four is the magic number as magical Messi destroys Arsenal.

There was a glorious three minute spell in which Arsenal were ahead of Barcelona in their Champions League tie last night. In the end that spell served as a tantalising reminder as to what Arsenal could have done if they had had their full squad fit at the Camp Nou.

I must say I was surprised to see a weakened team fielded by Barca manager Pep Guardiola. Bojan, Busquets, Abidal and Pedro are hardly first team regulars for the World, European and Spanish Champions but they still remained highly convincing as they limited Arsenal to only a few opportunities.

Lionel Messi. 22 year old Lionel Messi was undoubtedly the star of the show last night, scoring four stunning goals which did not flatter him in the slightest. A friend of mine said after the game that “Messi didn’t play he just scored four good goals.”

“And imagine him when he is playing well” I replied.

Comparisons to Messi’s performance could be drawn to Ronaldo’s hat trick winning performance against Manchester United when Real Madrid beat Utd 4-3 on aggregate in 2003 in the Champions League.

If there was ever a point to this game for Arsene Wenger it was that money must be invested into experienced, tough players. Diaby and Denilson tried their hardest to nullify the threat of Messi and Xavi but when the final whistle came they had been completely undone. They performed very well under the circumstances with leggy Diaby enthusiastically bounding through the midfield that lead to Bendtner’s opener.

Arsenal never seemed confident enough to really take the game by the scruff of the neck and really pressurise Barcelona on their home patch. It was almost like witnessing Wigan play Chelsea at Stamford Bridge- lots of hard work and the odd chance created but not a convincing performance. That’s how big the gap is between the two sides right now. Barcelona managed 31 goal attempts to Arsenal 12 over the two legs, and that speaks volumes.

It’s easy to say Lionel Messi was the difference last night, but that was because he was. He has now scored 39 goals this season in all competitions, and also managed a fantastic 38 last year.

Even Arsene Wenger said it- he is like a player from a Playstation game.

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  • dee

    all i can say is a couple of years ago i saw a video clip of messi and in a nutshell he said he doesn’t play fifa he plays pro-evolution soccor and that all he does in his spare time – NUFF SAID

  • dexylongshot

    It was fantasy football, I haven’t seen a player as good as that since I was a nipper (I won’t mention his name, you probably know the cheating handballing greaseball i’m on about). I hope barring injury Messi goes onto bigger and greater things just so he can take the god like mantel from his national coach.

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