Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Guardiola compares Messi to Michael Jordan
AFP, March 21st, 2012 3:39PM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

A hat trick that moved him atop the all-time Barcelona goalscoring list prompted the Spanish press to stretch its vocabulary in praise of Lionel Messi.

The Mundo Deportivo newspaper described him as "a living legend ... who rides to infinity." La Vanguardia called him "indelible, infinite and eternal." By scoring three goals in a 5-3 defeat of Granada Tuesday in a Spanish League match he increased his goals for Barca to 234, eclipsing the club mark of 232 set by Cesar Rodriguez Alvarez, who played for the club from  1939 to 1955.

Since his debut for the first team in October 2004, Messi has scored 153 goals in La Liga, 49 in the Champions League, 19 in the Copa del Rey, eight in the Spanish Super Cup, one in the European Super Cup, and four in the Club World Cup.

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola likened him to a legend in another sport, former NBA star Michael Jordan. "We have to congratulate Messi, he has scored so many goals and is only 24," said Guardiola. "He does not just score ordinary goals but great goals and we hope he gets lots more for us. We can compare him perhaps to Michael Jordan."


Read the original story...


No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Section 2 Around the Net
Report: Demand Amps Up Ahead of El Clasico    
This Saturday's Clasico between Real Madrid and Barcelona, which regularly draws hundreds of millions of viewers ...
Ferguson: Moyes Didn't Inherit Declining Man United    
Alex Ferguson has updated his book My Autobiography to include a section about the short reign ...
Mourinho: Drogba Could Start vs. Man United     
Chelsea striker Loic Remy, who was substituted in the 13th-minute of Tuesday's 6-0 UEFA Champions League ...
Russia: Racism is a Global, Not Russian, Problem    
Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko denied that his country has a particular problem with racism in ...
Robben Hails Bayern Tactics in Roma Thrashing    
Bayern Munich's 7-1 demolition of AS Roma at the Stadio Olimpico on Tuesday night-which broke the ...
Kompany: City, Not CSKA, Punished by Stadium Ban    
When UEFA slaps a stadium ban on a European club-as it has CSKA Moscow in the ...
Report: Raul to Join Cosmos This Week     
Former Real Madrid striker Raul Gonzalez on Tuesday reached an agreement to play for New York ...
Platini: Ballon d'Or Should Not Go to Ronaldo, Messi     
UEFA President Michel Platini believes the 2014 Ballon d'Or should not go to either Cristiano Ronaldo ...
Real's Bale, Ramos Miss Liverpool Clash    
Gareth Bale, Real Madrid's world record signing, and vice-captain Sergio Ramos are both out of Wednesday's ...
Ronaldo, Messi Could Break UCL Record This Week     
The world's two best players will have a chance to break Raul's UEFA Champions League goal ...
>> Section 2 Around the Net Archives