Could Lionel Messi perform in the Premier League?
Barcelona star has the ability to shine in England
Lionel Messi is arguably the greatest footballer to have graced the planet.
He has been an incredibly consistent goalscorer for Barcelona over the past five years, and his three consecutive FIFA Ballon d'Or awards reflect his glittering form.
Despite his haul of individual awards, the Argentine magician is still not regarded by everyone as the best player ever. Many people firmly believe that there are more strong teams in England's top flight, whereas La Liga only consists of five or six top teams.
On top of this, there is also the matter of physicality. The same doubters further believe that Messi would not be able to bring his A-game in tough matches like Stoke away on a cold winter evening. However, I firmly believe that although he does not have the aggressive attitude that we have seen from former Premier League hard-men like Duncan Ferguson or Vinnie Jones, he certainly has the sheer quality to ply his trade in the top division.
Messi's technique is unquestionable. His touch is very rarely bad, and he can dribble past defenders as though they aren't there. He can pick almost any pass he wants and can open up defences by either running at defenders or playing a deadly pass. Technique is everything, not only in England but the modern game in general. Having the ability to tear defenders apart is crucial because one player can win a match in one moment.
He is one of the smartest players in the world, whether he has the ball at his feet or if he is looking to receive it. The small man can either split defences with slick through-balls, make a well-timed run in behind defenders or take defenders out of the game to make a chance for one of his team-mates. Intelligence is vital in the Premier League, because small moments such as one pass can determine the outcome of a match.
One of his best traits is his positioning in attack. He could have the quietest of games and pop up with two goals because of where he puts himself on the pitch. He can lurk about on the wings or in the penalty area and steal in with a tap-in. In addition to this, if he receives the ball within a 25-yard radius of the goal, he can easily hit the target as we've seen on various occasions. This is a huge part of the English game, because counter-attacks are frequent and you need this ability to capitalise on the break.
The Argentinian's attitude is first-class. He does not stop until the final whistle and does not get angry after mistakes from team-mates, but instead consoles them and motivates them to do better. His presence lifts the rest of the team, and when he plays well, the team plays well. This is essential in England because as we've seen in the past, crucial goals are scored at the death only through determination and mental strength.
These are just a few key factors as to why the 25-year-old Argentina ace could definitely hit the same heights in the Premier League.
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