5 Skills Messi Has That Every Soccer Player Should Develop
Lionel Messi, arguably the greatest player of all-time, and without question the best of his generation, has worked tirelessly to become the best of the best, and we will never see another player like Messi in our life time.
Let's take a look at some of the skills that make Messi so good, and how you can develop them into your own game.
1. Never Go Down
Lionel Messi has been fouled more times in his life than a supercomputer can calculate. However, one of Messi's skills and personality traits that all young players should look to emulate is his honesty and desire to honor the game.
Messi never goes down cheaply, you never see him embroiled in simulation, or looking to get opponents carded, he fights on, and on, through tackles and challenges, shirt pulls, and dirty fouls, like an unrelenting warrior against players more than double his size.
Take a page out of Messi's book and never go down.
2. Be Committed in Every Sense of The Word
You will never see the diminutive Messi shy from a challenge, or be intimidated by physically stronger opponents. He gives one hundred percent commitment to his teammates and the badge on his chest. This approach and determination is something all fans of the game should be looking to emulate.
Standing tall in the face of what may appear to be overwhelming odds shows the heart of a champion and will be clear to anyone watching you play.
3. Enjoy Setting The Table
What sets Messi apart from many of his peers is that he plays with a selflessness and giving attitude that is often incomparable. His desire to provide assists and chances for his teammates is just as strong as his will to score goals. As a player, finding the joy in setting up your teammates for a goal is something everyone should work to experience and develop in their game.
4. Flashy Isn't What It's All About
Rarely do you see Messi performing excessive stopovers, or flashy passes that don't make an impact other than showing up an opponent. Messi uses body swerves, changes of direction, the opposition's momentum, and changes of pace to pull off his magic. You don't have to go for the outrageous all the time. Using the brain to read the game and make decisions one, two, or three steps ahead of his opponents is what Messi is all about, and this approach is something all young players should look to model their game after.
5. Be Comfortable Defying The Odds
Nobody ever would have imagined that a young boy with dwarfism would go on to become the world's greatest player.
Soccer is unique in that there isn't one specific body type, or part of the world you need to come from, or language that you need to speak, the possibility exists for all players of the game to go on and achieve greatness. Don't let anything or anyone ever stand in the way of your dream of becoming a great soccer player.
There is nothing that can stop you if you put your head and heart into your training and your play on match day. Dare to imagine what if, and become just like Lionel Messi.