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Not On Your Messi!


The Champions League offers us a break away from Sunderland`s recent rise in form and as we breathe a sigh of relief and look forward to another season in England`s, well most likely Europe`s elite league, we all can sit back to watch the big guns of our continent go for the jugular.

However, through all the endless stream of superlatives spewed by the footballing media, one thing remains constant, that no words can dress up and that is the appalling diving theatrics of Barcelona`s Lionel Messi.

Whilst his talent is undoubted and arguably the best in the world (although I would still be more inclined to pick Wayne Rooney before Messi, thanks to his all round game, which includes his heading ability) the fact that the diminutive Argentinean continues to follow in the footsteps of his cheating predecessor - one Diego Armando Maradona - with sickening acts of simulation, conning the match officials time and again into potential match changing decisions going his way.

For me, this could tar Messi`s future reputation in his bid to become the all time greatest footballer. Maybe it is something in the corned beef they ship over from Buenos Aires, but for all Maradona`s natural ability and breathtaking skill, he will be remembered for the hand of god incident in the World Cup finals of 1986, the proof being the Scotland versus Argentina friendly game of recent months, in which the pre match hype centred around Maradona`s footballing crimes, coming face to face with his adversary of the `86 World Cup - Terry Butcher - then part of the backroom staff at the Scottish FA, instead of his breathtaking years at Barcelona and guiding Italian team Napoli to the Serie A title, not to mention his international exploits.


Will the same be said in the future for the 22 year old Messi? Watching him collect his fourth hat trick of the year, ripping Arsenal apart at the same time, I was still disgusted at his earlier cheating antics to appreciate the skill on show. Will this come to dog his early combative years? Who knows, but I would not bet against some kind of off the ball incident come the summer and the forthcoming World Cup in South Africa, I only hope it does not occur against England at some stage or another.


For me, there is only one true all round player in the world and he wears the colours of Manchester United and the number 10, with the possibility of the two world stars facing each other in Madrid and the Champions League final, a repeat of Barcelona versus Manchester United anyone? And to have a dive free final out of it all...not on your Messi!




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The Journalist

Writer: Mal Robinson Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday April 6 2010

Time: 10:05PM

Your Comments

Messi is just a Aaron Lennon that scores goals.
ACLamp
Only in this country was the talk of Maradona's hand the main talking point before the Scots played Argentina. Yes, Maradona cheated but so did Owen when he dived at the '02 World Cup. I, like you, am an England fan but get over it!
Aamir
Rooney is not a diver? HAHAHA u wish. Better heading ability - who scored with his head against Rooney's side in the CL final a year ago?
Will-i-am10
He'll be at Man City next year so we can see him at first hand.
Wswilly3
Everyone's entitled to their opinion, but I couldn't disagree more with this article. I don't think Messi dives any more than anyone else. Up until March, I thought Messi and Rooney were neck and neck for player of the year, but Messi has pulled FAR away, and that's saying something considering Rooney has been lights-out fabulous. Messi is just on another planet, right now.
Teddy_KGB
WHAT?? Am I on VitalScum or Vital Sunderland??Rooney dives just as much and United nag the ref's in the games more then any other team in the world as far as i have seen. I understand English fans being bias and Sunderland fans being bias about their teams but this article is a joke, rooney is great but nowhere near Messi and the reason Mardona was hated was cause he was a cocky drugged up cheater but Messi is humble and doesn’t cheat any more than any other footballer including English players.
Klutch
WHAT?? Am I on VitalScum or Vital Sunderland??Rooney dives just as much and United nag the ref's in the games more then any other team in the world as far as i have seen. I understand English fans being bias and Sunderland fans being bias about their teams but this article is a joke, rooney is great but nowhere near Messi and the reason Mardona was hated was cause he was a cocky drugged up cheater but Messi is humble and doesn’t cheat any more than any other footballer including English players.
Klutch
sorry for the double post my PC f up
Klutch
After last night, I don't think so.
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