Wednesday, June 30, 2010


I'm always attracted to posts about why people do things well, and this post about Argentinian footballer Lionel Messi is no exception. (Joe Posnanski/Kottke)

This is how most people refer to Lionel Messi, by the way … not so much by name (though they will call him Leo) but by his title: The Best Player In The World. There is something official about the title — Messi was named the FIFA World Player of the Year for the first time in 2009. But it seems that it is the unofficial, informal, lower cased title of “best player in the world” that means more to people. There are a handful of players — among them Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo, Brazil’s Kaka, Spain’s Xavi or Fernando Torres, one of England’s stars like John Terry, Wayne Rooney or Steve Gerrard, Cameroon’s Samuel Eto’o, perhaps the young German Thomas Mueller — who are in the typical bar and work conversation for best player in the world. But it is Messi who, at the moment, seems to be the consensus choice, the way Albert Pujols is in baseball. It isn’t something people seem to be arguing about.

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