Lionel Messi wasn’t at his best against Paris Saint-Germain earlier this month, prompting some football fans to think the Barcelona legend is on his way out. The six-time Ballon d’Or winner, who will turn 34 in June, was unable to keep Barcelona from losing 4-1 at Camp Nou.
When that game is excluded from the equation, Messi’s form in 2021 is excellent. Messi has 14 goals in 14 games since the turn of the year. He’s already earned his teammates four assists.
By the way, in 2021, he scored fourteen goals, which is more than any other European player. Messi scored his 14th goal of the year – and his 24th of the season – in Barcelona’s 2-0 victory over Sevilla. With five minutes remaining on the clock, he set up Ousmane Dembele for the game’s first goal and then displayed tremendous tenacity and determination to make it 2-0.
Is Messi indeed the greatest footballer on the planet? Following Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo’s latest poor results in the Champions League, some have indicated that Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland are now the world’s best players.
But dismiss the couple at your peril. Messi, in particular, continues to bring in awe-inspiring performances almost every week.