Blog#19 – Lionel Messi, is not talented…

Today I was having an argument. It was a waste of my time. It was with some misogynistic piece of shit on Twitter who pretty much stated much there isn’t any point in women playing football professionally. Obviously this pissed me off and I started hitting him with the facts, (I have previously expressed my views in this blog post) but then, he mentioned something which really made my mind tick over. He stated, “Messi was born with his ability.” (you can find the argument on my twitter page).

I took a deep breath and had to remind myself that there are a lot of uneducated, ignorant people in this world and arguing with them is a waste of time so I closed Twitter. This blog post is my reaction to his ignorance on the topic.

You don’t have to believe me when I say this but Lionel Messi was not born to be a footballer. There isn’t a human genome that dictates that you’re going to be a successful footballer or anything else for that matter.

He may have had a predisposition to athleticism but even then that was a stretch if you actually sit down and read about Messi’s early childhood. At the age of 11 he was diagnosed with Growth Hormone Deficiency. To put it simply, it stunted his growth and Messi required a significant amount of money to treat.

Luckily for him, the Barcelona sporting director at the time, Carles Rexach, had watched him play for Newell’s Old Boys, offered him a contract and to pay all his medical expenses. Messi then promptly joined the Barcelona youth academy.  

One could think that when you are born with such a rare condition, you probably were not born to be a footballer. You may imagine a professional footballer to have a stature and build of someone like Christiano Ronaldo. Especially for someone who plays in an attacking role. You see, Messi is only 5.5ft! But luckily, one of the largest clubs in the world offered him the deal of a lifetime.

A quick quote from Messi, “I made a lot of sacrifices by leaving Argentina, leaving my family to start a new life. But everything I did, I did for football, to achieve my dream. That’s why I didn’t go out partying, or do a lot of other things.” To me, this sounds like the words of somebody who was determined to be great and knew what he wanted. Not somebody who was born to be a footballer and expected greatness.

In my opinion, (just an opinion, I am not an expert on success by any means), but people want to believe Messi is naturally gifted because they don’t believe they can obtain what he has obtained. The worst part about it is, they’re right. No footballer will be able to replicate Lionel Messi, but, they can definitely be just as successful if they work hard enough, find what works for them and never stop working for it.

Don’t get me wrong, watching Lionel Messi beat 10 players and slot the ball home from the tightest of angles is probably one of the most amazing things in football to witness. But if you think that some, all high and mighty being specially crafted this child and delivered it to Messi’s mother, Celia Cuccittini, I think you really need to re-educate yourself about how humans are created.

When you think about it, would it not make sense that Messi worked his ass off? Every. Single. Day. Messi continually learns over and over how to beat a player, how to dribble the ball like it was glued to his feet and how to score from absolutely anywhere on the field.

We are all born a lump flesh, but what you focus on and work towards in your life will dictate whether you’re a Lionel Messi or a Marouane Chamakh, (blast from the past for any Arsenal supporters out there).

I would like to hear what you have to say. But, unless you’re a scientist who has discovered the football genome that resides in Lionel Messi, then your argument is not going to hold much validity.

3 thoughts on “Blog#19 – Lionel Messi, is not talented…”

  1. I’d argue that Messi is some what talented.

    I agree that he has had to sacrifice and he has probably trained with a ball at his feet more that I’ve slept. But at the end of the day his natural athletic ability has certainly put him a step above those around him. Do you not think Jordi Alba, Iniesta, Rakatic or alike have not trained and practices and sacrificed the same as Messi, but at the end of the day Messi is still considered a better class player (being in direct competition with only Cristiano Ronaldo for the ballon d’or for the past 10 years – apart from 2018 of course). Why is it no one else can match these two? It cannot come down to, “oh, he trained more” because thats bullshit.

    Eden Hazard’s body shape/low centre of gravity is the reason he is so strong on the ball and can change direction with ease, Pierre Emerick Aubameyang’s long legs allow him to out sprint almost anyone on the pitch, David De Gea’s reaction time means he can make incredible reflex saves like no others.

    At the end of the day you need something else going for you other than simply time on the pitch to become great.

    P.S. A great example of a player who was never as talented as his team mates but because more successful through effort is Brett Emerton.

    1. Some great points on your comment Justin!

      I do agree that a footballer’s genetics will definitely assist in their ability excel more then others in certain areas, just like your comment about Eden Hazard,Pierre Emerick Aubameyang and David De Gea.

      Having a high level of exposure to class football from a young age would definitely be influential and help shape the type of footballer Messi became.

      But my argument, which I definitely could of expressed a bit better, is that Messi was not just born to be a footballer, he could of been anything, but it was a combination of extenral and internal factors which shaped into the footballer he is today. To say that it was all a gift from some all high and mighty power would definitely be wrong.

      I really do appreciate the time you took to leave a comment :), I will definitely work on expressing myself better, I do tend to generalize a bit and take’s away from the point I am trying to make.

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