Messi praised for record-breaking goals
There has been widespread praise for Lionel Messi in Barcelona after he beat the club’s 60-year-old goal-scoring record of 232 with a hat-trick against Granada on Tuesday (March 20).
The 24-year-old three-time World Player of the Year, who now has 52 goals in all competitions this season, beat the mark set by Cesar Rodriguez. Messi did it in 314 appearances and Rodriguez in 354.
Former Barcelona and Spain midfielder Josep Maria Fuste, who played against Rodriguez after the record holder left Barca, said on Wednesday (March 21): “Cesar was a more complete player because Messi is a very good player in the midfield and up front, but Cesar could play everywhere on the field. He could do many things, though many people only remember his headers. But he had feet like very few have. Therefore, I think Cesar was a perfect player, but a little bit slower than Messi. He has a special speed. We had never seen that speed before, he is perfect at that.”
Fuste said Messi was already better than former Real Madrid star Alfredo Di Stefano and Brazil’s Pele.
“I’ve been very lucky being able to play against Di Stefano and I know he was a fantastic player and then Pele, who was the most spectacular player at my time. But Messi is over them thanks to his speed, his liveliness. He is only 24 years old and he has won everything already. He is a boy that will go down in history and I think it will be very hard to find somebody like him,” said Fuste.
Barcelona striker Thiago Alcantara said Messi is a unique player.
“Some people say ‘I saw Pele play’, ‘I saw Maradona play’. I can say I’ve seen Leo Messi play. He is a player of a different kind, he is a player who has gone down in history, is making history and will make history in football. There are few adjectives left to describe him. Unique, as always,” said Alcantara.
At the busy Barcelona store at the Camp Nou stadium on Wednesday, many tourists were still basking in Barcelona’s 5-3 win over Granada.
Yusaku, from Osaka, had travelled to Barcelona just to watch his favourite team and he was in no doubt that Messi was better than Cesar.
“He sets more and more new records. I think he is a better player than Cesar. His goals are very artistic, I think; group shots, mid-shots — he can do any kind of shot. I think this is very good. I think he is better than Cesar,” said Yusaku.
Pedro, a Mexican tourist travelling around Europe with his family, said watching Messi break the record at the Nou Camp was a dream come true.
“It is a very special feeling to see Messi play and beat Cesar Rodriguez’s record with the three goals he scored yesterday. Coming from America to see Barcelona and Messi play was like fulfilling a goal for us. A dream come true for my kids and me, so we are really excited,” said Pedro.
Barcelona are through to the last eight of this season’s Champions League and will play the King’s Cup final against Athletic Bilbao in May.
However they are five points behind Real Madrid in La Liga with 10 matches left.
- Lionel Messi Breaks Barcelona’s All-Time Scoring Record [Video] (inquisitr.com)
- Messi! Messi! Messi! The Argentine becomes Barcelona’s top scorer in a 5-3 win over Granada (101greatgoals.com)
- Lionel Messi Sets Barcelona Scoring Record (cosbysweaters.com)