Messi simply does things — little things and big things — that other players here cannot do. He gets a ball in traffic, is surrounded by two or three defenders, and he somehow keeps the ball close even as they jostle him and kick at the ball. He takes long and hard passes up around his eyes and somehow makes the ball drop softly to his feet, like Keanu Reeves making the bullets fall in “The Matrix.” He cuts in and out of traffic — Barry Sanders only with a soccer ball moving with him — sprints through openings that seem only theoretical, races around and between defenders who really are running even if it only looks like they are standing still. He really does seem to make the ball disappear and reappear, like it’s a Vegas act.
Joe Posnanski (Senior Writer of Sports Illustrated) beschreibt in seinem Blog den Genius of Messi. Sehr lesenswert!
[…] New York Times widmet unter dem TItel Boy Genius dem bald 24-jährigen Lionel Messi ein ausführliches Porträt, in dem auch sein Mannschaftskollege Gerard Piqué zu Wort kommt. Er […]