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Messi crowned king of football

2010-04-07 18:16

Rome - Jose Mourinho has not yet talked about him, but Inter Milan fans seem to know how to take care of Lionel Messi when their side tackles Barcelona and the Argentine ace in two weeks in a two-legged Champions league semi-final.

"Lucio, you think about Messi," some of them shouted early Wednesday at Milan's Malpensa airport as they welcomed back their heroes from a 1-0 win over CSKA Moscow that brought them past the tournament's quarter-finals.

The four goals Messi scored in a 4-1 drubbing of Arsenal triggered a wide range of appreciative reactions from Italian media, who labelled him "king of football" and "something from outer space".

With the clash between the Spanish holders and Inter two weeks away, former playmaker Luisito Suarez, a Spanish player who in the 1960s lifted the two continental trophies won by the Milanese club warned that "the semi-final will be tough, but it will be so for them too."

Suarez's team mate Sandro Mazzola said that "Barcelona too have to worry. Inter have already played against them (drawing 0-0 and losing 2-0 in the group phase) and Mourinho had a chance to watch them well. I think there are 50 per cent of chances."

Messi himself, in an interview on the website Gazzetta.it warned that "the season of (Argentine Diego) Milito in the Serie A is impressive.

"As usual he vies for the top-scorer title. He scores a lot and his game is crucial for Inter. He is doing some important things."

Messi also said he appreciates compatriot defender Walter Samuel for how he adapted to Italian football after his stint at Real Madrid.

A curious comment about the star striker came from Enrico Preziosi, the president of Serie A side Genoa, who almost signed the 22-year-old when he owned Como, a northern-Italy club he took for one season to the top flight.

"We had Messi for a try-out and we decided no to take him for a series of reasons. Once in a while you make a mistake. We had followed him since he was 14. He was a boy who already at that time was a phenomenon," Preziosi said.

"He is worth half a team. We would have taken care of the club's finances for 30 years."

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Comments
  • Vicky Govender - 2010-04-07 19:48

    Messi is unique - the ball stick to him like a magnet. He has the correct attitude - play the game and ignore the ones who foul or try to foul you. Messi - you are the greatest

  • Terrance Govender - 2010-04-08 08:22

    We still have to face the fact the Messi or Ronaldo, they are both brilliant players with their own technique but the fact that Messi doesn’t go to ground easy and does cry like a baby i think that’s what separates the 2 great footballers at the moment Vicky i agree with you 100%

  • Kube$ - 2010-04-08 09:20

    @Vicky - I wouldnt go as far as saying the greatest, have you just started watching Football? Zidane my man, Zidane is the greatest...

  • Cross - 2010-04-08 12:48

    Can someone help me know Zidane? who is he?, is he a coach, or a ball boy?

  • Cross - 2010-04-08 12:50

    is Zadane the guy who happened to hit another italian boy in a chest?? if thats Zadane, then Kube is very lost, Zadane is not the best player, Messi is. i mean Messi score goals, Zadane hit people

  • Cross - 2010-04-08 13:01

    Who is Zadane? who is trying hard to compare Zadane and Messi? isn't Zadane the guy who bit the other italian guy's chest with his head? People please Messi score goals, Zidane hit people.... Messi is the best in soccer, Zidane is the best in hitting people.........lol.

  • Cross - 2010-04-08 13:13

    who is Zidane?

  • Razor - 2010-04-08 13:22

    Ronaldo is the best player ever, Messi is one of those players who will burn out sooner then u people think. On the other hand Rooney is sinply the best striker in da moment. Man Utd were unlucky and losing by some rule is not good enough!!!

  • Cross - 2010-04-08 13:52

    Razor, you are missing the point here, Messi won the FIFA footballer for last year's season, and this season he is just far above any other player. Ronaldo has just scored a fraction of what Messi has scored. As for Rooney, even him will tell you that he is nothing compared to Messi. The Player who is better than Messi is still to be born, until then that boy rules the pitch, you must like him sooner or u'll always be hurt by what he does to your favourate players......lol......... People who is the best??????????please people say Messi's name...coz its already on your minds................lololololol.....

  • Cross - 2010-04-08 13:55

    Razor, you are missing the point here, Messi won the FIFA footballer for last year's season, and this season he is just far above any other player. Ronaldo has just scored a fraction of what Messi has scored. As for Rooney, even him will tell you that he is nothing compared to Messi. The Player who is better than Messi is still to be born, until then that boy rules the pitch, you must like him sooner or u'll always be hurt by what he does to your favourate players......lol......... People who is the best??????????please people say Messi's name...coz its already on your minds................lololololol.....

  • TRUE Red - 2010-04-08 15:20

    Razor, he has been the best for a while, and is still only 22 ! He performs week in week out, season after season ... as for Zizou, yip, a true great, along with Maradonna, but I think Leo is capable of passing them !

  • KG-Blue4Eva - 2010-04-08 15:32

    wow razor you are so blunt?!!! or should i say just sour, fact is Man U lost cause they weren't good enough on the day & Robben Hood & Mr scarface aka Ribery was unstoppable on the day, for ferguson to play Rooney while on injury was a dumb move. . .

  • Paddy - 2010-04-08 15:49

    I agree with Vicky. As an economist, I've done some calculations and Messi is the best.

  • Pule Malema - 2010-04-09 15:06

    All Hail Messi! Bt 4 some reasons @ Kube$..... My Man I Fully agree with U saying that Although Messi is great, unique or brilliant..... "I'm confident enough to say that Messi is 9 yrs away to meet Zidane's standard as a former footballer" For those of U who didnt know "Zidane has not even a single record of being in an off-side position in his entire History" Bt Messi is Zidane in the making!

  • Thabo Messi - 2010-04-10 14:44

    Eichh! Eichh! Eichh! Bathong? Cross, why worry yourself with the Razor chap. There is only one BEST abd GREATEST player of the Decade and possibly of the Century. That can only be Messi? Messi? We can even sat Ronaldhino comes second after Lionel Messi.Thereafter we'll have to talk the fourth spot, that's where Razor can come in with his choices.

  • BrenGunner - 2010-04-16 12:15

    Pele..Greatest football player ever. If he was playing today he would still be the best because he would be training and developing his talent using the latest technology and know how that is available. He would even be better today..

  • gul - 2010-06-22 16:16

    Best ever football player to play the game is zidane shame for people to write something that happend in his last game and not look at his career would you let somebody say something about your mother if you do then your a biggest loser .

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