Messi has been breaking record after record in the last few years and pushed the football standards to levels that were unthinkable not a long ago. He managed to raise the season goal/game ratio above 1.0 and with the pace of the last years he can become the highest UEFA Champions League scorer of all time at age of 26. He is also one of the main pretenders for the 5th consecutive ballon d’Or which is already his record (currently he is the holder of four consecutive titles).
With all that he’s achieve so far, hearing him speak just makes you believe why he may go on to accomplish much more. He seems to exude this important virtue of humility which is vital not only to help get you to the top of your game but more importantly, to stay there. There isn’t any air of “superstardom” about him. His lifestyle is just simple, both on and off the pitch. I’m yet to hear any news about Messi involved in any “off the pitch” incidents that you so often associate with English Premiership players. He just seems to enjoy playing in huge stadia as much as he did when he played on the streets of Rosario.
So is he the greatest player ever? The legendary Pele seems to think he is the best by far in the world at the moment. Most football Managers, fellow professionals and the football community at large seem to think he is the best ever even though he’s yet to lead Argentina to Word Cup glory. I would not dispute that either. I think we haven’t seen the best of him yet. He is simply sublime.