Is there anything more that can be said about Lionel Messi? Well apparently not, If director of Mundo Deportivo Santi Nolla’s latest column is anything to go by.
The morning after Messi’s stunning showing against Real Zaragoza, in which he scored twice and set up the other in a 3-1 win for Barcelona, Nolla found himself lost for words.
‘Sobran las palabras’ were the only three words that appeared his column after the game. Literally, ‘words fail me’.
Not only did Messi steal the show with two breathtaking goals that ensured Barcelona remain unbeaten in La Liga, but he also edged closer to Gerd Muller’s record for most goals scored in a calendar year.
Messi has now scored 78 goals in 2012, with just 7 goals separating him from the great German and a place in the record books.
In order to celebrate the Argentinian’s genius and his impending place amongst the true greats of world football, GMF takes a look back at his best ever goals.
V Brazil, 2012
Recently nominated for the FIFA Puskas Goal of the Year award, Messi’s third goal for Argentina in a friendly against Brazil was a thing of pure beauty.
Picking the ball up near the touchline on the halfway line, the Barcelona forward skipped past Marcelo, sauntered towards goal and hammered a shot into the top corner. To make it even sweeter his goal helped secure a thrilling 4-3 win over the Brazilians. Who said he couldn’t do it at international level?
V Arsenal, 2011
Arsenal must be sick of the sight of Lionel Messi. After his four goals against the Gunners in 2010 he was the star of the show once more with a delightfully taken goal that stunned the crowd at the Nou Camp.
Set up by Andres Iniesta, whose brilliant footwork enabled him to slide a beautiful ball through to the Argentinian, who then chipped the ball over the onrushing Manuel Almunia before tapping it home. The goal was up for the 2011 Puskas award.
V Getafe, 2007
At the age of 19, Lionel Messi announced himself to the world with a goal that demonstrated his limitless potential. In a similar fashion to that other Argentine hero, Diego Maradona, Messi picked the ball up on the half way line and simply did not stop running until he slid the ball home. A sign of genuine genius.
V Real Madrid, 2011
This effort proves that Messi is not only a scorer of great goals, but also greatly important goals.
With the scoreline at 0-0 in Barcelona’s 2011 Champions League semi-final 1st leg showdown against Real Madrid, the little genius took it upon himself to turn the tie on its head following Pepe’s sending off.
After opening the scoring from an Ibrahim Afellay cross, Mesis picked the ball up in midfield 30 yards from goal and embarked on a trademark run, reaching Madrid’s defence before rolling it home. Another Champions League winners medal was on the cards.
V Zaragoza, 2011
Poor old Real Zaragoza were on the receiving end of more Messi magic during the 2011/12 season.
Showing that he may be light on his feet but can also be tough in a tackle, Messi held off his opponent then dashed almost half the length of the pitch and slammed home his finish. A classic Messi strike that you will never grow tired of seeing.