Leo Messi: Top 10 Lionel Messi Tributes on YouTube

Xoel CardenasContributor IIIJanuary 17, 2012

Leo Messi: Top 10 Lionel Messi Tributes on YouTube

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    Lionel Messi is one of the most beloved and most followed athletes of our generation. And why not? He is by far the best football player in the world and will more than likely go down as the greatest of all time. Messi’s greatness is something we are all blessed to be witnessing. Pep Guardiola once said about Messi: “There is no way to describe Messi’s performance. There are no words. You have to see it.”

    Other than watching Messi live at a football stadium, the way we witness Leo’s magic is via video, i.e. television and uploaded highlights/replays. Video captures a moment in time and allows us to relive it as many times as we please.

    Messi has fans all over the world and all have their favorite Messi plays, games and goals. Some fans have created videos dedicated to Leo and have uploaded them to YouTube for the world to view them.

    Like all videos on YouTube, some are good and many are bad. Some videos are full of originality and some are just repeating what other videos have already done.

    This article is dedicated to the fans and the videos they have created out of their admiration of Lionel Messi.

    There are many —and I mean many — Lionel Messi tribute videos on YouTube. It took a lot of time waiting for videos to load, but after viewing countless Messi tribute videos these past few days, I have narrowed it down to 10 finalists.

    I chose these videos based on creativity, editing of the video, the use of music, the use of commentary, views and the overall theme.

    All these videos pay homage to Leo Messi in unique manner and all of these videos tell a story.

    So get comfortable, get your popcorn and enjoy the Top 10 Lionel Messi tributes on YouTube.

Honorable Mention: Lionel Messi the Messiah? Coolest Messi Ads Ever

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    This video is dedicated to some of the advertisements Leo has been a part of. It starts off with an Adidas commercial showing Messi’s epic play versus Getafe with the radio broadcast of Diego Maradona’s famous “Goal of the Century” of 1986.

    One ad is an epic yet mysterious-feeling commercial featuring legend Zinedine Zidane. Another ad shows up a grandma with a bit of Messi inside of her.

    The last clip tells us that Messi watches SportsCenter and that Brazil has the most World Cup titles…for the moment, so Leo says.

    So what happened in South Africa, Leo?

    Good video by CulturePub.

10: Lionel Messi 2011/2012 Tribute FIFA 12

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    This is a different kind of Messi tribute. JalubInc created a nice video compilation of football commentary about Lionel with Messi’s skills on FIFA 12. Lionel recently signed on with EA Sports, leaving Pro Evolution Soccer, and is on the cover of FIFA Street (FIFA Street 4). Messi will more than likely be on the cover of FIFA 13 and this is fitting video for the occasion.

    By the way, is it possible to get new commentators for FIFA 13 as well? Martin Tyler puts me to sleep and they should change the “Mexican Spanish” commentators as well. They’re boring and I don’t speak Mexican Spanish. I speak Castellano.  

    It’s a cool video with some great goals. Even though it’s a video game tribute, the truth is Leo Messi can make all of the moves on the video in real life.

9: Messi Is.... (The Ultimate Messi Video)

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    A video that has many views but deserves even more is the video "Messi ..." by GHoeberX. This video starts with quotes from Pep Guardiola stating how words cannot describe Messi’s game; you have to just watch his game.

    Another quote is from German football legend and current Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge stating: "Nobody was so wonderful at 19 years, neither Pele nor Maradona.” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is also quoted, “He’s the best player in the world by a long distance. He’s like a PlayStation.”

    And as you saw on the No. 10 video, Wenger is right.

    Some of the goals in this video include Messi’s run and goal versus Real Zaragoza in the 2009-10 season and his header against Manchester United in the 2009 UEFA Champions League final.

    The video ends with a typewriter typing “Messi is…”

    Fitting ending as there may not be any words to describe Leo Messi.

8: Lionel Messi: Better Than My Dreams

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    One of the best editing jobs on a Messi tribute video is the one made by leboakatio and his “Better Than My Dreams” video. At 2:08, the mood changes in the video and you get that warrior vibe. Its use of the music from movie soundtracks is also done well.  

    And no, the first song is not the theme from “Titanic.” It’s a piano version of Linkin Park’s ”Numb.”

7: Crackovia’s “Lionel, Messi”

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    If you don’t know what Crackovia is, then you are not a true Culé. Crackovia is a sports comedy show on Catalan television network TV3 (look for my Crackovia tribute coming soon). The show has a cult following around the world and most people rely on YouTube to view their shows. The show parodies all football players, mainly Barcelona and Real Madrid players. Some of their best skits include musicals. This musical is dedicated to the one and only Messi.

    At the beginning of this skit, the reporter asks Pep Guardiola if he has any words to describe Messi. Pep tells the reporter that Messi is so good that he has run out of ways to describe Messi. Pep says there is one way he can describe Messi: by singing.

    What ensues is a musical parody of the 1980’s Japanese animation show Captain Tsubasa, a show about a youth football team. Two of the main characters of the show were Oliver and Benji. It’s their theme (click here if you’d like to hear that theme) that is parodied on this video.

    Some of the people that are imitated in this video include Andres Iniesta, Carles Puyol, Gerard Pique, former Barca president Joan Laporta and of course, Lionel Messi. The lyrics include how Messi, when playing for the Argentine national team, plays “pse-pse” meaning not so good.

    My favorite part is 1:10. The face “Messi” makes is hilarious because the real Lionel does do that headshake movement on the pitch.

    The original video has over one million views. This version has English subtitles, so click on the Closed Captioning box. 

6: Lionel Messi: Genius at Work

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    If you’re looking for a video that slows things down and adds a classical touch to Messi’s magic, look no further than this video by allasFCB2. This video shows Messi’s footwork at a slower speed so you, the viewer, can appreciate Leo’s talents even more than we do.

    The music of the video is very good as well. The piano playing makes the viewer have a perspective feeling to what they are watching.

    I think it’s a great video that makes us appreciate Messi’s talents even more. We are blessed to watch this genius at work.

5: The Legend of Lionel Messi

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    This is a quality video made a few years ago. This video reminds of the great goals Messi made before the historic 2008-09 Barcelona season and before he won the first of his three consecutive Ballon d’Ors.

    Some of the highlights of this video include the golazo Leo made against Real Zaragoza and the legendary goal versus Getafe.

    Messi continues to write his legacy in gold and with goals.

4: Lionel Messi Passes

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    Most Lionel Messi tribute videos are all about Messi’s goals. But this video uploaded by unloosener is all about Leo’s passing abilities. Some of the passes include assists to former teammates Thierry Henry and Samuel Eto’o, his national team teammate Sergio “Kun” Aguero and David Villa in the 5-0 Clasico against Real Madrid in 2010.

    This video reminds us of Messi’s ability to visualize where his teammates need to receive the ball and what is the best route (chip pass, lob pass, etc.) to get it to them.

3: Lionel Messi’s 202 Goals in 12 minutes

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    If you missed any goal Lionel Messi has made since he debuted with the first team and want to see it, you’re in luck. User name jackmcrobert has the video for you to see. It’s the 202 goals Messi has scored as of November 2011. The years are marked at the top of the screen to help you follow the years.

    As the description says: no replays, no special effects, just all his goals.

    I’ll see you in about 12 minutes.

2: Enr4ceful Presents: Lionel Messi, La Historia De Un Gran Jugador

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    This video is a beautiful homage to Messi’s upbringing at La Masia. We see a young Messi playing in the early 2000s and how his talent has always been miles apart from others. One of the best parts of the video is at 1:42 when Messi begins to talk about how he came to Barcelona for Argentina.

    The video concludes with Messi scoring his first goal in La Liga and then Messi accepting one of his three Ballon d’Ors. This video shows us how Messi made it. Something about the music as well — especially the xylophone—gives this video an extra nostalgic touch.

    The song in the video is “Saeglopur (Enigma Dubz Remix)” by Sigur Ros.

1: Lionel Messi: Tango by Viva Futbol!

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    And now, without further a due, the number one Lionel Messi Tribute on YouTube is….

    Lionel Messi: Tango by Viva Futbol!

    This is by far the best video you’ll see on the net dedicated to Messi. Sports blog Viva Futbol has been creating football videos for years and this video is their crowning achievement. The original video posted by them – which has thousands upon thousands of views – was taken down a while back but there are plenty of people that have reposted the video. The video can also be found on other sites via a simple Google search.

    So what makes this video so special?


    The video starts with the opening of a book, telling us the history of Lionel Messi and on tango. The video’s theme is Tango, the distinctive and beautiful dance from Argentina. Even if Lionel Messi was not Argentine, tango is arguably the best style of dance that parallels Messi’s style of play. Tango, like Messi’s game, is all about timing, smooth yet improvised moves, emotion, and an elegance that cannot be matched. Of course, close moves, speed, and precise footwork are fundamentals in tango…and Messi’s game as well. The video shows the parallels between tango – demonstrated by the dancers in the video – and Lionel’s play on the pitch. This video combines great editing, creativity, the use of commentary, the use of music, and storytelling power.

    The thing that holds all of this together is the song “Santa Maria (Del Buen Ayre)” by Gotan Project. When you watch the video, you feel like the song was meant just for this video. You’re going to want to purchase this song on iTunes to remind you of the video. I know I did.

    Some of the great plays on the video are Messi’s Maradona-like run versus Getafe and Messi’s goal versus Real Madrid in the Champions League semifinal last year.

    My favorite part is at 3:17 where Messi makes Paul Scholes look a fool. Brilliant!

    For the best quality, click on the HD option.

    Enjoy this futbol tango lesson by the instructor and master of the beautiful game, Lionel Messi.

Your Thoughts and Thanks for Viewing

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    I hope you enjoyed the Top 10 Lionel Messi videos on YouTube. Please feel free to comment and let us know which video is your favorite and why. Remember to be respectful to others when commenting. Drop me a line anytime as well. I love hearing from my readers.

    If a video is for some reason taken down, please let me know and I try and get it back up as soon as possible.

    Look out for my next article “El Clásico 2012: Copa Del Rey Edition” later this week.

    In honor of El Clásico, check out this short commercial video dedicated to the rivalry.

    Visca el Barça!

    - Xoel