“Another match ball for Lionel Messi. He could build a house out of match balls.”
Yes, it was lame and a structurally unsound concept, but after a while you do run out of superlatives to describe Messi. Last night provided another top quality performance that battered the Sky Sports commentator into a clichéd submission.
Having equalled Cesar Rodriguez’s club goals record in putting Barcelona into a 2-0 lead at home to Granada, it briefly looked like Guardiola’s men were about the destroy the party atmosphere by letting the lead slip. Then, as he has done so many times before, the little Argentine delivered with a couple of coolly-taken belters to establish some daylight at the top of Barca’s list of goalscorers.
Messi has 17 in his last 7 games in all competitions. Torres, Suarez and Carroll have 18 in 103 league games.
Messi made his first team competitive debut in the 2004/05 season and at the age of 24 has already surpassed a record that stood for 57 years. His manager, Pep Guardiola summed up the feelings succinctly, explaining: “We are witnessing the best (player) in every sense. He does everything, and he does it every three days. I’m sorry for those that want to sit on his throne, but this lad is the best. Hopefully we can enjoy his football for many more years.”
Hopefully is right. In the meantime, enjoy his football for 14 minutes and 20 seconds: