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IN Sports ON 11 Feb, 2016
When we talk about Lionel Messi, one thing that pops into our heads is his calibre and his unwavering and undying hunger for giving his fans world class football. The 28 years old Argentinean is one of the leading inspirations for all the hot-blooded, starry-eyed football players around the world; who wish nothing more than being even a percent like him. So I believe it is fine to say that he is the greatest football player of this generation.
What happened? not satisfied? Well, then people allow me to point out 10 qualities that make him an undefeated champion.
Messi is known world wide as one the highest scorer of the glorious game. Till this day Messi has 485 carrier goals and he is only 28.
Messi's brilliant tactics, his powerful and lightning fast kicks from inside the area and his long shots and tap-ins, makes him one of the most feared player on the planet.
All the athletes have bad days, days when they fail to perform and let fans down. Messi is not an exception to this phenomenon. But what sets him apart from everyone else is his persistence. Him having a bad day is first, a very rare occurrence, and even then, when he does, he never gives up. He keeps trying and trying until he gets it right. That was proved true when in the season of 2014, he scored his 56 goals by shooting 261 shots.
Key to being a great athlete is being a team player. Messi knows how to be a bee, and not a lone wolf. He is not only a deadly scoring machine but a dependable helper too. he has assisted in 195 goals. This quality makes him a perfect football player.
Messi is not a hot-head, like so many other professional players. He never loses his composure and when the time comes, he shows his icy nerves and gets the job done for his team. Over the years he has evolved into not just a lethal shooter, a brilliant dribbler but also into a tactical genius too.
Messi has been on media's attack several times, and he has been on the nozzles of the opponent team's supporters even more. But never did his composure and his picture perfect smiled wavered. He always answers whatever question he is asked with a smile and in a calm manner.
Irrespective of what opponent team says, Messi takes his diet and physical training very seriously, and his statistics speaks for it. He has equally strong mentally and every time he walks onto the ground, he lets his opponents know, that he means business.
Messi sure has evolved immensely and has come a long way; from being a shy teenager who hid from the cameras to an enthusiastic team leader who is fearless, and equally supportive to his team mates, Messi shows all the qualities of a leader.
Not only the Argentinean is a fearless leader but he is an unselfish teammate as well. This fact was proved when he, selflessly, allowed Neymar to take the penalty in the LA Liga in order to boost up his self-confidence.
Although when he made his debut, he was uplifted for his brilliant skills and was praised all across the globe. But he didn't let that stop him, no. He has constantly shown improvement in his already close to perfect play and every time a team gets to closing in on his skill set, he goes ahead and brings out another skill out of his sleeve.