If he is not winning awards, he is always nominated. Since the age of 24, but even before that, Messi has fascinated people and fans. Messi is the only player to win the World Player of the Year three years in a row. He has won FIFA Ballon d’Or six times. And the FIFA World Cup Golden Ball three times. In addition, he has been the UEFA Champions League top scorer six times. And currently, Messi is the all-time leading scorer with 474 goals.
However, Messi is not just a top goal scorer. He is perfect at the art of dribbling, an excellent playmaker, and very creative with strategy. Many premiere players hog the ball to score. Instead, Messi focuses on getting the goal with or without his foot. People often wonder how he developed such incredible talent and ability. The answer is simple. He worked for it. If you have creativity and practice it, you can make anything happen.
To be one of the greatest players, you must know how to dribble in many different directions. You must prepare for the unknown. One thing Messi trained to do was keep the ball close so he can manipulate and move it quickly. If you don’t make a move, he will do one for you, making it very challenging to take the ball from him. Also, he keeps his head up when dribbles and does not look down. This creates accuracy to pass the ball effectively to his teammates and avoid defenders. Furthermore, he lifts his arms out for maximal balance. More balance allows him to be more agile with the ball and change directions quickly.
He Has a Low Centre of Gravity
Messi is already short but adopts an even lower center of gravity. He always ensures that he is low and bent over the ball. There are many reasons why he does this. The first is that it helps to keep the ball close to his body. Secondly, leaning over the ball protects it from defenders. And thirdly, it makes it harder to knock him over. Furthermore, a low center of gravity gives him agility and that burst speed needed in soccer.
Messi has an 88% pass accuracy. He is rarely intercepted. He does not telegraph his pass because his head is up and looking around the field. Also, he is very creative in getting the ball on the foot of his teammates if needed. One interesting technique Messi does is he accepts passes with his furthest foot away. For example, if you pass from the right, he uses the left, and vice versa. When he does this, it brings the ball to the center of his feet to give him instant control of the ball.
Messi’s intelligence and experience from the years of play not only make him a goal-maker but an excellent goal assister as well. And as much as he enjoys the spoils of scoring a goal, likewise for getting an assist.
He Can Score
Messi knows how to find the back of the net. Many times, he is double and triple-teamed and has the knowledge and ability to get open and free to score. In addition, his outstanding ball-handling skills and accurate shot placement allow him to pump them by the goalie. Pele scored 643 goals in 659 appearances. However, Messi now holds the record with 672 in 778 matches.
In the La Liga league, Messi holds many records. He has the most goals at 474. Messi has the most goals in a season with 50 scores. Furthermore, he has 217 assists and 36 hat tricks. His speed, agility, and impeccable ball skills get results. He can pass and shoot and plays for the team to win. He is the GOAT and legendary with all his record-breaking stats and awards.
Make sure you watch him at the World Cup in November. He is a top player to watch, and it may be his final appearance too.