Simmons: What are the odds that this is Messi’s breakout. Almost like Maradonna, Maradona, in 86. Pele somewhere in the 60′s I can’t remember what Cup. (No kidding…you’re the same guy that didn’t know if Donovan won anything in MLS.)
Simmons <emphatically>: Hands down.
Davies: Hands down. You wouldn’t find many people who follow soccer, who can be objective ab0ut it and would argue with anybody about that…(TSG: I don’t know, I think Maicon’s pretty good.)
Simmons: There is a little bit of..there is a magicalness to him. I guess I should say…a magic…to him.
Davies: I’m going to use that. Do you mind if I use that through the World cup to describe Lionel Messi. (Great! Now I’m going to hear that word for a month)
Simmons: There is a magic to him that I have not seen since the mid-80′s (What?!)
Davies: He’s a player that seems to pull it out in big games. That is something that every American sports fan can relate to.
Put him on worldwide television in the Champion’s League, quarter or semi final. Put him in a huge Argentina game and he seems to figure a way to play really well. (I don’t need to write anything here do I.)
I’m not linking to the podcast. At least he got the Maradona year correct.