“Whenever I have trouble sleeping, I find Messi’s goals on YouTube and watch them on a loop,” the acclaimed Argentinian film-maker Lucrecia Martel said recently. Asked whether they sent her to sleep she said: “They give me peace; I recover faith.”
Many Argentinians derive faith from watching Lionel Messi play: “Messi is the first genius of the 21st century,” Jorge Valdano tells me, “and the last bridge between the street and the academy. If for Maradona the ball was a musical instrument, for Messi it’s a tool which he utilises with a stunning sense of efficacy.”
Written by Marcela Mora y Araujo
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/jun/15/lionel-messi-argentina-world-cup-final-chance-win under the title “Lionel Messi: traitor to some, genius to all and carrying the heaviest burden”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.