Yet another starry-eyed tribute to Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi looks to have dominated the debate of his greatness as compared to the rest of football legends following his heroics in the Champions League in midweek.

Lionel Messi looks to have dominated the debate of his greatness as compared to the rest of football legends following his heroics in the Champions League in midweek.



Lionel Messi looks to have dominated the debate of his greatness as compared to the rest of football legends following his heroics in the Champions League in midweek.


This article titled “Yet another starry-eyed tribute to Messi” was written by Jacob Steinberg, for theguardian.com on Thursday 7th May 2015 14.52 UTC

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The greatness of the world’s leading (and only!) tea-timely satirical football email means that it knows what it is like to be Lionel Messi, a feeling that is presumably mutual. Last night the Barcelona forward declared all-out war on language; his starring performance in the 3-0 shellacking of Pep “Kevin Keegan” Guardiola’s Bayern Munich in their Big Cup semi-final leaving the world’s breathless superlatives reserves at a record low. That sound? It’s a combination of Dr Johnson turning in his grave and wordicians worshipping at the alter of world-class word-fancier, Peter Mark Roget, in the hope that he might bestow upon them the fortitude to embark upon yet another starry-eyed tribute to Messi. The best anyone can do at the moment is: “Messi … he’s not bad … is he?”

Messi, though. That really was a spectacular second goal; his change of direction to beat Jérôme Boateng leaving the Bayern man in a confused heap on the turf, bottom lip quivering, eyes welling up. Boateng was thoroughly ready to catch the next flight back to Munich. He looked like someone had just crouched behind him in the playground style and waited for him to take a step backwards, before tumbling over and leaving the path clear for Messi to skip around him and scoop the ball over poor old Manuel Neuer.

Speaking of which, following a heavy defeat at the hands of Spanish opposition for the second successive season at this stage, critics of Guardiola have been saying that Bayern have taken a step or two backwards since he pitched up two years ago. Their Big Cup hopes are hanging by a thread and it was certainly hard to work out whether Guardiola’s decision to start the match with Bayern carrying on like clowns at the circus was an act of bravery or simply the work of a manager who had received a severe blow to the noggin shortly before kick-off. “Messi is unstoppable,” Guardiola sighed. The Fiver cannot wait to hear what José Mourinho has to say on the matter. LIVE ON BIG WEBSITE TONIGHT

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