Leo Messi has been staking his claim for the Ballon d’Or prize week after week this year but his masterclass against Liverpool appears to have put an end to any serious discussion on the matter.
The Argentine continues to defy logic with his breathtaking performances and his brace against the Reds, capped off by an incredible freekick, had the footballing world lauding the mercurial no.10.
Nevertheless, previous years have proven that being the best player does not automatically result in being awarded football’s most respected individual honour.
Instead, the winner, in most cases, belongs to the team who claim the Champions League, something that Messi is fully aware of.
Messi appears to be on a mission to return to the top of the footballing podium by carrying his Barcelona team to the summit of Europe.
His display against Liverpool made the world of football, even the Reds players themselves who could only pay homage to the Barcelona captain.
“I’m grateful that I’m not in Spain and I don’t have to face him every season,” were the words of Liverpool defender Virgil Van Dijk after his sides’s 3-0 defeat to Barcelona.
“I already knew that Lionel is a world class player, so I was not surprised by what happened tonight. At this moment it is clear that he is an unstoppable player, even more so when it comes to a freekick,” were the words of Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp.
Footage of Messi‘s second goal has gone global. It was his eighth goal scored direct from a freekick this season, a record for the Argentine.
While there are few remaining records that Messi has yet to break, becoming the first to win six Ballon d’Ors appears to be his next personal mission.
Source : marca.com