Because Messi will just prove you wrong every time!
- “He’s too small and weak,” they said. So Messi, taking Guardiola’s advice, changed his diet and bulked-up tremendously with summertime weight sessions. Messi’s strength on the ball shines through regularly.
- “He’s not an aerial threat.” Edwin van der Sar would probably disagree. In fact, as of March 2012 when Lionel broke the 234-goal record, 12 of those (5%) were with his head. That’s far from a terrible return, especially given his natural height disadvantage. Messi’s sheer effort makes up for that. This year alone we have seen several near-goal headed attempts saved. To put 5% into some perspective, it betters the careers of Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp, and Robin van Persie, all reasonably to markedly taller in stature.
- “Oh, that Messi kid–he can only use his left foot.” Going back to the breakdown of his 234 goals, 16% he netted with his right, almost a fifth. That ratio, of using the weaker foot, betters illustrious strikers like Alan Shearer, Wayne Rooney, and Ruud van Nistelrooy as well as midfielders like Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard. In fact, the statistic is just 1% less than Cristiano Ronaldo’s left-footed goals while playing for Manchester United. That’s not even considering assists.
- “He’s not good at free kicks.” The most recent feeble chirp.