- Lionel Messi was handed the man of the match award after he inspired Barca to a 5-3 win over Granada
- The Argentine is an exceptional ball passer, with his deft touch and vision unrivalled
- An heat-map has surfaced online showing Messi is better than Ronaldo when they don’t score
A tweet has suggested that Lionel Messi contributes a lot more than his eternal rival Cristiano Ronaldo on the day they don’t score for their respective teams.
The Argentine and the Portuguese sensation split staggering 11 Ballon d’Or titles between themselves and they are regarded as the best players of their generation.
And despite growing to become one of the greatest scorers, Messi has possessed the ball more -with many branding him the greatest playmaker of all time.
He is an exceptional ball passer, with his deft touch and vision unrivalled and as he ages, he has dropped more into the midfield creating more goals for his team.
Messi admitted last year that he now thinks less about scoring goals and more about contributing to the team effort.
He told reporters in October 2020, via GiveMeSport:
“Today I am less obsessed with goals. I try to contribute as much as I can to the team effort."
And he was handed the man of the match award after he inspired his club to a 5-3 win over Granada in the Copa del Rey quarter-final on Wednesday night, January 3.
Highlights of the encounter have shown the playmaker delivering a masterclass which has been termed his best performance of this season.
The Argentine single-handedly made the game his own as he was involved in all five goals Barcelona scored in the encounter.
His heat map shows just how dominant he was.
He capped his performance with 10 key passes, nine shots on target and made an assist in the 88th minute looping the ball to Antoine Griezmann who scored to make it 2-1.
Admittedly, this feels a little harsh on Ronaldo as there must be numerous examples where he’s made a significant contribution without scoring a goal for Juve.
Ronaldo is a remarkable goalscorer - arguably the best we’ve ever seen - and unlike Messi, he still lives to score goals.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that Cesc Fabregas stated that things were initially not easy for Lionel Messi when he was at Barcelona's youth academy, La Masia.
The former Chelsea star and Messi were colleagues at the popular La Masia football educational system before the Argentine became the club's greatest player.
Fabregas moved to England at an early age as he established himself under legendary Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger before returning to the Camp Nou for a brief spell in 2011.