Messi and The Albiceleste: Unified for Glory
It's time for the final prediction, time to review Lionel Messi's Albiceleste.
In Lionel Messi, Argentina have the best player in the world leading their charge towards ultimate glory.
Over the course of the last half-decade, the Barcelona No. 10 has unequivocally proven that he is the best player on planet earth.
The brilliance and ingenuity of the goals, the artistry and cunning of the assists, the hunger to consume each and every trophy on offer, Messi has crafted a lifetime’s worth of masterpieces in just a few short years.
Yet after having what many deemed a ‘poor’ season this term, scoring 36 goals in 39 appearances for Barcelona, and 10 goals for Argentina during CONMEBOL World Cup qualification, Messi has at times, admittedly, looked disinterested at Camp Nou.
It seems clear that he has made a choice.
Country, in this year of our Lord 2014, over Club.
Messi has been saving himself for the World Cup.
Unification Under The Big Blue and White Tent:
Argentina, its people, from coal miner to politician, wine maker to horse trainer, supporters, of Boca Juniors and River Plate, Newell’s Old Boys and Rosario Central, are pooling their energies, merging their hopes and dreams, reciting a collective prayer for an Argentine victory in the homeland of their greatest competitors.
Backing popular support for the cause is a group of world-class strikers that will chip in with goals, serve as decoys, inventors of space, and creators of opportunity for the iconic No. 10
Kun Aguero, Angel di Maria, Gonzalo Higuain, Ezequiel Lavezzi, all players with great movement and mesmerizing attacking thrust that will distract, confuse, contribute, and conspire to help Leo reach the promised land.
Argentina is the most dangerous team in the tournament because each of Leo Messi’s strike-partner’s greatest wish is to see their talisman fulfill his destiny to become the best of all time by winning the World Cup.
Midfield, Defense and Goalkeeper:
Concerns exist about the midfield having the right balance of steel, experience, and guile.
Questions are commonplace about the defenders who ply their trade in European leagues but don’t often enjoy the fanfare or spotlight of playing in one of Europe’s big four.
Attacking is Argentina’s strength, but their squad is imbalanced and discombobulated, croaks the naysayer.
Their midfielders, defenders, and goalkeepers are subpar, fatal chinks in the armor, a detriment to achieving success in Brazil gurgle the trolls.
The critics are wrong.
Javier Mascherano and Pablo Zabaleta will prove they are wrong.
They will ensure that each line of midfield and defense are unified in the fight to bring the cup home to Argentina; to bring it home for the people, right under the noses and in the backyard of their hated archrivals, they will make certain to bring it home for one Lionel Andres Messi.
It was back on Oct. 12, 2012 during Argentina’s 3-0 CONMEBOL World Cup qualification win over Uruguay that it first became clear that Messi would lead his Country to the championship in Brazil.
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The passion in his eyes is palpable, the fire in his belly hot and intimidating, the thirst on his lips parched by a dryness that only the Jules Rimet trophy can quench.
To those who have recently labeled him as passionless, utilizing soapboxes to hyperbolize and sensationalize their own misguided mutterings, to those who chose Cristiano Ronaldo as world’s best this year, and to those who say Messi will never be as good as Maradona or Pele…
I warn, 'beware of waking the sleeping giant and filling him with terrible resolve.'
Messi’s month of brilliance will ensure that Argentina are crowned 2014 FIFA World Cup Champions.