Leo Messi Video clip Score: five / 5
Argentina national team manager Alejandro Sabella has praised his countryman Lionel Messi by saying that he has once again proven that he is the best in the world by helping Barcelona to the verge of the league title this season. Messi scored two goals against Real Betis during the weekend to put Barcelona on the brink of the title. The club needs only two more points from the remaining four matches in order to seal the title, which will be their fourth in the last five years. Messi, who has been suffering from a hamstring injury problems in recent weeks, came on as a substitute for former Valencia star David Villa in the second half.
It did not take long for him to open the scoring, as he did so just 4 min after his arrival with a stunning freekick. He then doubled the advantage after just 11 min by taking on the pass from Alexis Sanchez to put the game beyond any doubt. His two goals helped Barcelona beat the opposition 4-2 at the camp Nou. After the match, Sabella praised the performance of Messi by saying that it was due to his presence that Barcelona won the match. He said that the overall performance of the Catalan club was not up to the mark.
“Messi scored two goals and could have scored more. Barca did enough to deserve the win, but it was not an easy match. Regardless, Messi is the kind of player who can change everything when he comes on. This is what the greatest players are like. They get annoyed about things that would not bother other players,” said Sabella. Many feel that Barcelona would have at least come close to reaching the Champions League final had Messi been fit for the matches against Bayern Munich.
Leo Messi Video Score: 4 / 5
The Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi has paid tribute to the Barcelona manager Tito Vilanova and the defender Eric Abidal after failing to mention them while receiving the fourth consecutive FIFA Ballon d’Or award. The 25-year-old recently became the first player in the world to lift the famous trophy four times in succession. He managed to beat Cristiano Ronaldo and Andres Iniesta to the title. After receiving the award, Messi thanked a number of players for his teammates at club and international level. Barcelona manager Tito Vilanova and Eric Abidal are both recovering from illness and were not present at the awards ceremony.
Messi came through the youth system at Barcelona, but it was the former manager Guardiola who decided to build a team around the striker. It has paid dividends in a huge way because he has been able to become the best player in the world, while also breaking numerous records on the way. Messi recently managed to score 91 goals in all competitions for club and country, which has broken the all-time record held by Gerd Muller. This alone has been sufficient for him to lift the fourth FIFA Ballon d’Or award. Messi managed to take 41% of the votes, while Ronaldo managed just over 20%.
“Obviously I also wanted to share the prize with Tito and Abidal. What happened to them was a hard blow and to see them working again makes me very happy. That is the biggest prize: they are with us again. Now (Tito) needs to do the rehabilitation work but he will surely be well and back with us soon. When I came out to collect the prize I was nervous and the words did not come to me. Now we must celebrate what we have won,” said Messi after winning the award.