Leo, Leo, Leo. What is there to say, really? For one thing, he’s his own noun, verb and adjective.
Messi [MEH-SEE], noun;
1. an unstoppable force of nature that destroys defenses and renders tactics useless; a phenomenon. FCB Scout: The Messi is strong with this one.
1. to be so utterly and completely dominate as to render those subjected to said domination and onlookers speechless. Oh look, it’s El Clasico — let the bi-annual Messi-ing begin.
1. a superlative to replace all superlatives. Wow, I just saw Eto’o and The Yaya on the same team, with The Yaya scoring a hattrick. That was so… Messi.
synonymous with: phenomenon, epic, mind-boggling , indomitable, transcendent .
antonymous with: Hlebbed.
Our lovable Leo is now 24. Twenty-four. Two-four. Veinticuatro. Vingt-quatre. You get the point. It seems so long ago when I watch an 18 year old Messi terrorize defenses like a boss. Now he’s all grown up, playing with deluxe edition Legos and a shiny PS3 instead of premium edition and a semi-new PS2, still terrorizing defenses like a boss.
He’s now played something like 269 games with us scoring something like 180 goal over the course of something like 7 seasons. He won the Ballon d’Or earlier this year (January for those of you with short memories), and has since collected the (useless by association) Di Stefano Trophy of Best Liga player handed out by Marca, as well as UCL top scorer.
As many of you already know, Leo is particularly special to moi as the one who really, properly introduced me to football, and as such, I sort of feel like it’s my duty to do the customary happy birthday post. (If you didn’t know, read all about it here).
Unfortunately, I’m lazy as all get out, so I’ve decided to compile a bunch of video (and moments) that I felt were the most memorable (which is hard, so I included a video of all of his goals. ….What? They are highlights in and of themselves).
(This takes honorable mention. The only thing I dislike about that video is I didn’t think of it myself.)
The Assist (at 3:20):
The Handball (dude, he IS Argentine.)
…Except he didn’t get away with it. Unlike that time vs Espanyol. He he he. Good times. (The best part was Guillem Balague having the most p*ssed off expression in the studio. “If you score with your hand, don’t celebrate!” Pfft. 😆 )
This shouldn’t really count since it happened 3 seasons ago, but I don’t care. Drunk!Messi still rocks my socks.
Feliz cumpleaños, crack.