Lately, many people have begun to doubt the quality of Lionel Messi at a young age of 32 years. In fact, recently one Brazilian legend, Pele, discredited La Pulga’s performance, which according to him the Barcelona mega star only relies on his left foot to score goals and consider many other football players or legends to be more powerful. As a reply to Pele’s statement, Messi then showed off his expertise when Barcelona against Espanyol 4-0 on Sunday (9/12) early morning.
Lionel Messi has been recognized as one of the world’s best players in the past decade. At least, the predicate has been proven along with the success of the Barcelona player who won 5 Ballon d’Or trophies in the last ten years. In fact, because of his achievements, Messi is considered one of the best players in football history.
This year, the player nicknamed La Pulga, did not undergo his best year and lost in the hunt for the Ballon d’Or trophy, even his name was not included in the top 3 candidates. Because of this fact, there are many parties who began to criticize Messi’s performance, along with the player’s age. One example, the Brazilian legend, Pele, is one of the parties who criticized Messi for relying on his left foot to score.
As usual, Messi did not remain silent when criticized, as if he immediately responded to criticism through a real performance in the latest party against Espanyol last weekend. Messi, who played in the 1st minute of the match, managed to score two goals in a 4-0 victory won by Barca, interestingly, everything was created through a free kick. It was the very first time Messi had scored 2 goals in one match in Spanish La Liga. The statistics show it’s Messi’s 8 free kick scored in 2018 in Spanish La Liga competition.
Throwback to 2014, Messi has packed 19 free-kick goals. This number not only exceeds any player in Europe’s top five leagues, but also exceeds any club! Teams such as Juventus and Real Madrid were awarded a collection of first-class free kickers such as Miralem Pjanic, Paulo Dybala, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Gareth Bale must recognize the superiority of La Pulga.