Messi’s Golden Ball suggests he will never win the World Cup

One of the saddest sights in the post-match melee in Rio was Lionel Messi – speechless, downcast, oblivious and pre-occupied. The little man could not even bring himself to smile, despite his surprise selection as the winner of the Golden Ball as the World Cup’s outstanding player. Opinion is divided on Messi’s World Cup. Rarely […]

Brazil 2014 may be Messi’s best chance to shine at a World Cup, says Balague

We watch him every week, slaloming his way through Spanish defences and planting the ball into the net. He does it with alarming regularity. He breaks records. He is adored by regulars at the Nou Camp, home of the mighty Barcelona. There’s no disputing that Lionel Messi is one of the top two players in […]

Gerd Muller and Lionel Messi – very different animals

Arguably the greatest player in the world today, Lionel Messi, has broken a 40-year record for the most goals in a calendar year. Messi, in netting twice for Barcelona against Real Betis, took his tally to 86 – one more than the 1972 haul of Gerd Muller of Bayern Munich and West Germany. Comparisons between […]

Leo and Cris…two of the all-time greats…. or is it too early to assess?

Anyone who watched the recent “Clasico”, the Spanish one, not the countless derby games that have been similarly labeled in recent months (Manchester, London, Liverpool, Glasgow  – whoops, no longer), would have been treated to some marvellous football. It must be great to watch this high level stuff week-in, week-out, although if you have access […]