I know I have written a fair amount of posts about soccer on this blog and you might be thinking “enough”. If your only exposure to soccer has been taking you school age kid to a game at the crack of dawn on a Saturday morning to the town fields, I don’t blame you. But having lived her for some time now, and already possessing the proclivity to enjoy a spectator sport, I have become a huge fan. For Argentines, its a religion. On those days when the Argentine National Team has a qualifying match, you can go outside and no one is on the streets, no cars, people, nada. Everyone is in front of the TV. When the team scores a goal, you can hear your neighborhood let loose a collective cheer of happiness. There aren’t too many things as good to watch (and fast, 45 minute halves, no commericals, no halftime shows) except maybe a great baseball game.
Here is my favorite goal of Lionel Messi. This was a Copa Americana match against Mexico in2007:
He is only 22 years old, but if he continues to play the way he played this year, he could be an all time great. Fast footwork, eyes in the back of his head, a touch with his shots that is unrivaled and a generous player to boot. He is Maradona without the baggage. From all accounts, he is a nice kid, who still lives with his family who faced adversity as a kid with a growth hormonal deficiency. After years of treatments and surgeries he has come out the other end one of the greatest football players ever.
Here is another amazing goal, its happens so fast but it looks like Messi kicks the ball through the body of the goalie:
Lionel Messi won the UEFA Best football player of the year trophy last night. It could not have gone to a more deserving player and nicer guy. As a parent its great for the kids to have someone like him to look up to. Haven’t had enough, there is always more.