Messi Deposits Four & Picks Up a Gallon of Milk

This…just….happened. 4-1 Messi vs. Arsenal today. Why Arsenal went with Silverstre to start instead of drawing Sagna in–with no Ibra to worry about–and putting Eboue (or anyone) on the end, I will never know. That one seemed like a no-brainer.

723 Football Films–man that guy is good–with a compilation with excellent goal calls.

Let’s put this in the perspective for the World Cup. Argentina qualified by juggling line-ups, having zero game plan against basically all teams, getting thrashed by a meager Bolivia squad because they didn’t prepare for altitude and with the Jeremy Roenick of NHL ’94 (Messi) playing somewhere at the other end of a black hole below his abilities.

La Albiceleste can go nowhere but up.

9 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by johnapaz on 2010/04/07 at 4:16 AM



  2. The third was simply sublime, he must’ve known it was Charlie Davies day….


    • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/04/07 at 11:16 AM

      That was a great goal and will probably be most people’s favourite – you need a certain amount of confidence and swagger to carry that off.

      But for me, the first goal was breath taking – *especially* if you watch it from behind the goal. He had about half a second and about half a yard to get that shot off. And to shoot with that much accuracy and power is simply amazing.


      • Posted by matthewsf on 2010/04/07 at 11:24 AM

        @George — I completely completely agree with you here.

        I watched that goal and I could think of no other player that I remember watching that could make the quick or a precise strike.

        On my strike-o-meter for quickness and precision…it looks like this from unreal to average..



        • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/04/07 at 11:38 AM

          RVP can also generate a lot of power with little back lift – which is what we’re essentially talking about here.


          • Posted by matthewsf on 2010/04/07 at 11:39 AM

            I thought about him George…but he’s not quick enough with his foot.

            That strike was lightening quick and precise…my only regret is kids in the States don’t get to see the Michael Jordan of soccer starting to go full bloom.


  3. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/04/07 at 6:06 AM

    I said in the original Arsenal / Barcelona post that as Argentina are in the lower half of the draw, we (England and USA) should count our lucky stars that Messi doesn’t have a Xavi or Iniesta pulling the strings in the Argentinian midfield…


  4. Messi is brilliant, a standard “star” striker may have scored what 1 of those goals, he doesnt hesitate, doesnt break stride, just an amazing player, and what 22?

    it was nice of him to put in four in celebration of CD9 day


  5. Posted by Rick on 2010/04/07 at 12:31 PM

    Incredible. So much skill displayed on every one of those goals. The power, accuracy, placement, and speed with the little space on the first goal…. The first touch on the 2nd goal to make the score a formality…. The chip on the 3rd was awesome. And through the legs on the 4th?!?!? Damn.


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