After watching the UEFA Super Cup between Barcelona versus Sevilla, there is no one on Earth that can stop Barcelona's Lionel Messi from getting a securing fifth Ballon d'Or award.
His outstanding performance in the Super Cup is yet more concrete proof of his undisputed throne among his fellow footballers.
He was simply incredible: scoring 37 goals in 37 matches for Barcelona; standing one trophy away from another sextuplet with Barcelona (the FIFA Club World Cup, which I believe, is easier for Messi and the team to win than to lose).
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Back to the Super Cup, despite having to trailed behind Sevilla from minute three, Messi put the match back to its proper order with his personal achievement - scoring two straight free-kicks in one match.
It's high time statistic companies dug deeper for something more challenging to compare with Messi, since the Argentinian striker has so far made almost every record look mundane.
Messi's perfect performance
Messi's influence was everywhere on the pitch of Tbilisi. The tireless striker worked tirelessly.
WhoScored gave Messi a perfect 10, pointing out his amazing statistics: placed eight shots, all of which were on targets; eight dribbles, successful passing rate reached 88% and so on - despite being marked by at least four (even five) Sevilla men at all times.
If you paid close attention, you would realise the only few times the ball was not in Messi's control was when he passed it, or when someone else fouled him.
Lastly, Messi ended the unbelievable match with an effort that resulted in Pedro's winning goal: a powerful shot through Sevilla's defence forced Beto to push the ball into Pedro's leg.
On a magical Tbilisi night, where Barcelona won the Super Cup, where Andres Iniesta and Daniel Alves toppled Xavi and Paulo Maldini's record respectively; where the fans were busy saying goodbye to Pedro - who bade a perfect farewell with a winning goal and a last trophy; Messi might have been overshadowed.
But rest assured because he is on his way to reclaim his crown.
Cristiano, you have a long way to go.