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The Lion King: Lionel Messi's Reign Has Begun

A CORUNA, SPAIN - DECEMBER 5: Lionel Messi of Barcelona celebrates scoring during the La Liga match between Deportivo La Coruna and Barcelona at the Riazor stadium on December 5, 2009 in A Coruna, Spain. Barcelona won the match 1-3. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)
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Gian-Tomaso MazzocchiContributor IDecember 23, 2009

With the official affirmation of the FIFA World Player of the Year award, Leo Messi has his crown firmly in place as king of the soccer world.  An unprecedented season both personally and with respect to his club team FC Barcelona has led to well deserved accolades.  Messi has proven to be a great team player capable of mesmerizing feats as well as instinctive and unselfish brilliance.

Barcelona has concluded a year in which they won no less than six trophies.  Messi proved to be an integral part of every one of them, including most recently a stoppage time game winning goal against Estudiantes for the Club World Cup championship.  

This talent will hopefully bear itself out on the international stage, as well as this coming summer in South Africa.  Argentina, with all of their qualification struggles, are certainly a team to be reckoned with when properly deployed to organize and utilize all of their individual talents.  If this is the case, the Olympic success Messi and Argentina enjoyed might very well be realized again. 

It has undoubtedly been the break out year for one of soccer's biggest stars.  Messi will surely continue to grow as a player and offer up many more breathtaking moments for us to savor and YouTube until our hearts' content. 

Watch a Barcelona or Argentina match and witness a master ply his trade with an artful touch only a virtuoso could deliver.  Los Albicelestes and los cules are infinitely fortunate in one very similar way the rest of the world is not.  Number ten will be spending the indefinite future playing for and not against them.   


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