Recently, Lionel Messi won the seventh Ballon D’Or amidst the debates about who should win the most coveted title. There was an immense debate even after rewarding the talismanic Argentine the title by France football. Few fans were of the opinion that Robert Lewandowski was robbed off the trophy due to the pandemic. Despite all the concerns, Lionel Messi is undoubtedly one of the best footballers ever on the globe. On top of this, there is also a doubt that “Is Lionel Messi a HUMAN”?
There have been occasions and instances where Messi could not play a big role in the game but his influence was so big that the opposition were amazed by his superior technicality. The debate of “Who is the GOAT”? Will continue till both Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi retire. However, in this article we shall look at instances where the players and managers wondered “Is Lionel Messi a HUMAN”?
Is Lionel Messi a HUMAN? Four instances where Messi left the opposition dumbstruck
Vincent Enyeama, (Ahead of the El Classico in 2017)
Vincent Enyeama was the shot-stopper of Nigeria that faced Argentina in the 2010 World Cup. In that game, the Super Eagles’ skipper pulled off great saves and stopped Messi from scoring the goal. He was even awarded the “Man of the Match” for his performance. However, the player was skeptical of Messi being a human.
In an interview ahead of the El Classico of 2017, he said:
I am not sure that he is human because he is so fast,precise and so good. Messi be bossing el Classico
Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus vs Barcelona, Champions League Finals 2015
This was the statement of one of the most talismanic shot-stoppers, Gianluigi Buffon who has won everything barring the UEFA Champions League. The skipper of Juventus wanted Messi to remain human for the finals. In the press conference, he said:
Messi is an alien that dedicates himself to playing with humans, The only hope is that this Saturday he will be from earth, like the rest of us.
Despite these comments, Gianluigi Buffon’s side was thrashed by Catalans 3-1 to seal the title.
Jorge Sampaoli (Barcelona vs Sevilla, La Liga 2016)
Sevilla are one of the sides that always hate Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi because of their caliber. These two superstars have clinched the winners in the dying minutes of the game. The player troubled the team throughout the campaign. He scored in every game against Sevilla in that campaign including the finals of the Super Cup de Espana. Frustrated by Lionel Messi’s awesomeness, Jorge Sampaoli said:
There should be two Ballons d’Or; one for Messi and one for the rest.
"Since his emergence he has been far above the rest. Wanting to compare the incomparable ends up being a mistake. "The way to stop him is to try to make it so he does not participate and does not get the ball. There is a plan against Barcelona and another against Leo."
Carlos Queiroz (Argentina vs Iran World Cup 2014)
Iran were heading towards a hard-fought one point in the group stage of the World Cup against Argentina only for Lionel Messi to break the hopes of the team. Lionel Messi scored the goal in injury time to shatter the dreams of Iran and their manager, Carlos Queiroz. In the press conference, he said:
"I don't usually like losing, but I didn't come away from that defeat with a negative feeling. It's when something magical like that happens that you know that football is alive and kicking, and that's why it's one of the best sports in the world to watch. And it's even more of a special moment when it comes from a player who shouldn't be allowed to play by FIFA until it's proven that he's actually human!