Lionel Messi: Gary Lineker on football's 'bewildering talent'
Lionel Messi: Gary Lineker on football's 'bewildering talent'

1. Lionel Messi: Gary Lineker on football's 'bewildering talent'

Lionel Messi: Gary Lineker on football's 'bewildering talent'

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Lionel Messi is a player who stirs feelings like no other. He turns sport into art.

Every time I watch him, even on his quiet days, there are moments when you just go 'how does he do that?' He does things three or four times in one game that I probably never managed once in my entire career. He does things no-one else can.

I had exactly the same reaction recently when I watched 'The Last Dance', the documentary about Michael Jordan. I'm not a basketball fan and have never followed it but I loved that series and you could see Jordan's absolute greatness shine through.

Jordan is a very different personality, and much more outgoing, but you could describe Messi in the same way - as an icon whose impact and ability far transcends his own sport. In the same way you don't have to appreciate basketball to appreciate Jordan, you do not have to be a football fan to get pure joy from watching Messi.

Like Jordan, he is simply the greatest to have ever played the game - this is why.

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