Several European giants are evaluating the possibility of signing Messi, Manchester City is one of them, but many people want to ask a question... Is Messi worth the high price of these teams?
There is no doubt that the 33-year-old Messi is one of the greatest and most successful players ever, but if only from the perspective of the number of goals and the number of appearances, last season was his worst performance since the 2007-08 season. One season.
But also in last season, Messi's assists set a new record.
So, is Messi's competitive form declining-or is he still the greatest player in the world?
So far in his career, Messi has won 6 Ballon d'Or awards, the most recent win was in December 2019.
In 2012, Messi's personal data reached its peak: in 69 games that year represented Barcelona and the Argentine national team, Messi scored 91 goals.
At the club level, Messi has won 34 championship trophies with Barcelona, including 10 La Liga titles and 4 Champions League titles. At the national team level, Messi is also the best scorer in the history of the Argentine team. He has scored 70 goals in 138 games.
"Messi is the greatest player in football history." In May this year, former Barcelona striker Gary Lineker wrote in an op-ed, "Like Maradona, Messi is by far the best. Dribble. Also, he may be the best passer we have ever seen."
"Messi may not be as good as it used to be, but his performance last season is enough to show that he is still the best offensive player in the world." Spanish football journalist and author of the book "Messi and the Art of Life" Andy -West said.
However, from the perspective of scoring, Messi is no longer the best in the world.
Although Messi has won the La Liga Golden Boot for the seventh time in a record (for four consecutive seasons), if compared with the number of goals scored by previous La Liga Golden Boot winners, his league goals last season The number (25) lacks competitiveness.
In the 2007-08 season, Mallorca forward Daniel Guíza became the La Liga scorer with 27 goals. In the 11 consecutive seasons since then, the La Liga Golden Boot winner has never scored less than 30 league goals. .
But on the other hand, Messi set two new historical records last season: breaking the single-season assist record held by Harvey in La Liga (20 times in the 2008-09 season), and becoming the first player in La Liga history. A player who has more than 20 balls and assists. In the five major European leagues, the last player to complete similar data was Henry-in the 2002-03 season, Henry played for Arsenal in the Premier League and scored 24 goals and 20 assists.
Among the top five European league players, Messi ranked sixth in the number of goals scored in all competitions last season (with Sterling). He scored 31 goals in 44 games. Lewandowski, Immobile, Ronaldo, Lukaku and Werner all scored more goals than Messi last season.
But if the number of assists is also included in the statistics (Messi sent a total of 25 assists in all competitions last season), then Messi's ranking will directly rise to second (participated in 56 goals), only behind Lewand .
Last season, Messi ranked first in the total number of dribbling attempts on various fronts among all players in the top five European leagues (403 times), and the number of completed dribbles (260 times) ranked second, second only to Wolves striker. Laore (275 times).
In terms of touches, passing, dribbling or creating opportunities, Messi did not show any signs of decline, but his shooting efficiency declined slightly.
In the 2019-20 season, Messi completed 24 assists in La Liga and the Champions League, more than any season in the past (previously, he had only one season in La Liga and the Champions League with a total number of assists exceeding 20).
Although the average efficiency of scoring a goal every 126 minutes seems to be "bad" (measured by Messi's standards), Messi can participate in a goal (a goal or assist) every 68 minutes on average-in the past 11 In one season, this data exceeded the statistics of four seasons. At the same time, Messi ranked fourth in the number of dribbling attempts last season, and his 65% success rate even set a career high...
Messi's pass success rate last season was 82%, which was slightly lower than the pass success rate (85~87%) in the five years after the 2009-10 season.
Over time, Messi's position on the court has become deeper and deeper. According to statistics from the data company Statsbomb, many of Messi's touches occurred behind the center forward last season. However, compared with previous seasons, he will indeed be more frequent activities on the right side of the court.
"Messi has lost some speed, and now he can't use his 20-yard sprint to break through many opponents in a row." West said, "but when the ball is underfoot, Messi's footsteps are still as fast as in the past, and he still has that. A magical ability that can leave defensive players behind at the moment they are released."
"Last season, Messi's position was more rearward than at any time in the past. He often served as a playmaker near midfield instead of leading the attack line."
"To some extent, this is due to helplessness, because in the Barcelona team, no other player can do this job. But for the rest of his career, Messi is likely to be a traditional player. No. 10, an offensive midfielder (except that he can score more than 20 goals every season) instead of being a forward."
"That role has relatively low physical requirements, allowing Messi to save physical and mental energy and use his energy in areas where he is better than any other player: passing, dribbling and shooting."
Manchester City coach Guardiola has been asked whether Aguero is the best center he has ever coached. Guardiola replied: "The best (center) is Messi. Messi is the best No. 9, No. 10, No. 11, No. 7, No. 6, No. 5 and No. 4..."
Lewandowski's performance in the 2019-20 season is likely to be better than anyone else, but Messi is still one of the best players in the world.
Messi is not only one of the best scorers in the world, but also one of the best dribblers and top passers.
The number of goals Messi participated in last season (56) is only less than that of Lewand. Obviously, no matter which team he joins, he will become a huge asset... Messi’s only enemy is time, but his former Barcelona teammate Harvey once said that he thinks Messi can play until the age of 40.
Lineker said: "It is an absolute honour to watch Messi play. His career curtain call will be one of the saddest days in football history."
"No player can last forever. You can see that his energy is declining. No matter how good a player you are, you can't beat Old Man Time."
West said: "Messi is still the best player in the world and will be (the best in the world) in the next few years."
Dear readers, what do you think? Is the 33-year-old Messi worthy of signing at all costs?