Who is the best soccer player in the world? This is not an easy question to answer. The answer is subjective and based on individual impression and as such, it is always debatable. There are a few factors that can help in our discussion like player’s age, current value, position in team and so on. Many polls are conducted on this subject and although the best player isn’t always the same in every poll, three of them are always in top positions. They are:
• Lionel Messi
• Ronaldo de Assis Moreira – Ronaldinho
• Cristiano Ronaldo
♦ Although statistics of these players are very good, if we had to choose one of them, that would most certainly be Lionel Messi. He is a very young player whose homeland is Argentina. It seems he showed up out of nowhere.
♦ Boyish looks and very steady character gave him the advantage in many polls. It seems that he is not scandal prone outside the stadium, and on the field, he gets the job done.
♦ He currently plays for FC Barcelona and he is their most valuable investment.
♦ Notwithstanding the fact that he is not a tall player (his height is only 169), he seems to have no trouble penetrating defenses as if he competes in Giant slalom and not in soccer.
♦ Many of those who voted Ronaldo, criticize Messi’s “inability” to shoot from a distance because he, as by a default, shoots from vicinity. But most of them really forget that, with some defenses, to get to the penalty box you need to be the wizard of Oz.
♦ Most of elders who watch soccer tend to compare him to one of the best players Argentina has ever had – Diego Armando Maradona. His presence in FC Barcelona has become obligatory if they want to win.
♦ At the moment, Lionel Messi is one of the most dreamed players by coaches, but he has a firm contract with his FC Barcelona until 2016 and although his release clause is said to be 250 million euros, his coach said that he wouldn’t sell him even for more.
♦ Soccer is not just a game, but also a great business. More and more money is circling around every player, and the beauty of the game tends to become secondary. However, players like Lionel Messi bring back the beauty and the joy of soccer.