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
Happy 26th Birthday to the living legend known as Lionel Messi
by Samuel Charles, June 23rd, 2013 11:39PM

MOST READ
TAGS:  video

MOST COMMENTED

[VIDEO PICK: La Pulga] Born Lionel Andres Messi on June 24, 1987 in Rosario, Argentina, the once scrawny little boy with the imperfect legs turns 26 years old on Monday, but neither records or awards convey his lasting impact on how the world views soccer.

Are you really expecting me to come up with something original to say about Leo Messi? Is such a thing even possible? He might’ve been called diminutive more than any other human, but the word "small" should be kept far, far, away from Leo.

Choose your metric: goal tally, assist figures, Ballon d’Or gluttony, sagging trophy cases, Q Rating, aw shucks brilliance, genuine humility, jaw-dropping strength, toughness belying his cool demeanor, the man is a living breathing testament to how all sports are intended to be played, Messi ticks all boxes.

What is there left to say? I don’t know, but I am sure we’d all be quite pleased to see this Argentine icon continue his benevolent rule over Planet Soccer, and, --- Feliz Cumpleaños Lionel ...



5 comments
  1. promise daniel
    commented on: June 24, 2013 at 3:10 a.m.
    happybirthday to u messi

  1. Allan Lindh
    commented on: June 24, 2013 at 1:22 p.m.
    And you don't even mention that he is the soul of honor. Probably the target of more intentional fouling than any other player, he struggles to stay on his feet no matter how gross the tackle -- no diving, no rolling about writhing in feigned pain, rarely even asks the ref for protection. Sets the standard for a team of real integrity.

  1. Alex G. Sicre
    commented on: June 24, 2013 at 5:25 p.m.
    Messi the magician, best player on the planet. Feliz cumpleanos Leo.

  1. Kent James
    commented on: June 25, 2013 at 9:47 a.m.
    Allan, you said it. Pure class.

  1. haroldito a
    commented on: June 29, 2013 at 6:34 p.m.
    THE BEST !!!!! TO THE BEST !!!!!!


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




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
Where to Watch European Soccer    
The new European club season has started up, so it's time to make plans for your ...
Colorado fetes Donovan, then Donovan downs Colorado    
[VIDEO PICK: Golazo] Before his third game since announcing he's retiring after the season, Landon Donovan ...
Johnson leads D.C. United past Waterhouse    
[CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE] Eddie Johnson is currently suspended from MLS play, but that suspension doesn't carry ...
What They're Saying: Pablo Mastroeni    
"We need to play with two goalies. We need to make the goal smaller and play ...
Galaxy rally hands Rapids fifth straight loss    
[MLS: Wednesday] A depleted Colorado Rapids defense crumbled under an onslaught from the Galaxy, which twice ...
Press golazo punctuates comfortable victory    
[USA-SWITZERLAND] A side volley from 25 yards by Christen Press in the 77th minute highlighted the ...
Gomez ends drought, Requejo debuts for Xolos    
[AMERICANS ABROAD] Herculez Gomez scored his first goal in 11 months, with the opening goal in ...
Dike scores early again as Nigeria romps    
[UNDER-20 WOMEN'S WORLD CUP] Oklahoma Courtney Dike, who set an Under-20 Women's World Cup record for ...
What They're Saying: Steve Swanson    
"I think our team is used to having Morgan come in and out. Sometimes that can ...
Galaxy II signs Bailey from Bayer Leverkusen II    
[USL PRO] The LA Galaxy, which was the first MLS club to launch a second team ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives