FIFA’S (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) designation of Messi as the best soccer player in the world for 2019 only confirms what everybody knows. He beat Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk and Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo, two remarkable players, but Messi continues to surprise with his achievements.

Messi has transformed a relative disadvantage for a soccer player into an advantage. His short legs allow him bursts of acceleration while keeping control of the ball. Messi is the only player who runs faster with the ball than he does without it,” said Pep Guardiola, his former coach and one of the best coaches in the world. What is Messi’s secret? “The ball stays glued to his foot; I have seen great players in my career, but I’ve never seen anyone with Messi’s ball control,” said Maradona.

Many times Messi has been called an extraterrestrial. One of the biggest compliments he recently received was the headline in a Spanish newspaper. After a game in which he didn’t participate because of an injury, and his Barcelona team lost after having a lackluster performance, the headline in a Spanish newspaper read, “Without Messi, Barcelona is only a terrestrial team.”

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