No sooner had Leonel Messi been crowned as the inaugural winner of the FIFA Ballon D’Or 2010, Jose Mourinho, in characteristic fashion, labelled him as ‘undeserving’ of the accolade. He will surely have his reasons,more so in his capacity as the manager of Barca’s biggest rivals,Real Madrid.
While there is no doubting that Messi has more than his share of fanatics, supporting him for each of his acts-extraordinary they may be or not.And there’s no doubting that he deserves each of the praises and accolades bestowed upon him, just for sake of being the exceptional player that he is. But there are still detractors who assert that Messi is still not upto the level of Maradona(probably he still may not be), or he isn’t even the best of this generation(majority of these are Ronaldo fanatics).
Formally, there may never be an award recognising the greatest Soccer player of all time, or even of a particular era. But the least Messi can do is silence all these critics once and for all. There is little suspicion over Messi-ah’s abilities on the ball, what is left to imagination is how Leo would perform when faced with situations which are out of his comfort zone.
This slide show tries to encapsulate all that is missing from Messi’s ‘armour’. It is assumed that the only player that comes anywhere close to Messi,in this era, is Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo other than Maradona being the obvious man to emulate -as such the yardstick would be to surpass the footballing genius of these two men in various areas of football abilities.