If only Lionel Messi had either a World Cup or Copa America trophy in his hands to show how well he has really done the past two years in World Futbol. Then came the ligament tear on September 26th that was heard from Spain to Argentina.
It could have been the best of times as Messi led his National team to the World Cup Final for the first time in in 25 years before its close loss to Germany and the Copa America ambush in Chile where a penalty kick meltdown led to the hosts to the promised land.
But Europe has always been a place where Messi always excells and with players like Uruguay’s Luis Suarez and Brazil’s Neymar on your side, the possibilities are endless.
Barcelona is the team to watch in Europe as Messi made an impressive return to the pitch, scoring twice, against Roma, in a 6-1 shellacking while aiding the Spanish club to the top slot in Group E of the Champion’s League.
“We played a perfect game”
To say Barcelona is hot is to understate the obvious. Just ask Real Madrid, who were crushed 5-0 last Saturday in league play by their eternal rivals.
“Right now Barca is unstoppable,”
admitted Roma coach Rudi Garcia.
Now that the big three are together again, Luis Enrique, Barcelona coach, is enjoying the return of arguably the best player in the world today as he added his 78th and 79th goals in Champions competition history. The only one deemed better is the man who holds the goal record with 83, Cristano Ronaldo.
“We are in a sweet moment and hope to keep it going as long as possible,”
Though its still early, with the return of Messi and the reunion of the big three, a focus and motivation throughout the unit not seen before, and its historical pedigree, Barcelona may just be the next club soccer dynasty.