Lionel Messi scored in his 15th, yes 15th consecutive league game as he notched a goal in Barcelona’s 2-1 victory over Sevilla this past weekend. It marked his 38th league goal of the year continuing his streak of dominance in La Liga.
Messi is the face of soccer. He is a global ambassador for the game and his composure on and off the field makes him even more important to soccer then, let’s say, LeBron James is to basketball.
In recent years, Messi has come to be known as the greatest current player and arguably the greatest ever to play this sport. So we’re all clear that Messi is an unbelievable soccer player, but to be the best ever there has to be something extra special. Messi goes above and beyond. In 2007, Messi started The Leo Messi Foundation which is a prominent organization aimed at giving access to education and health care for vulnerable children. He was also named a global ambassador to UNICEF because of his incredible charitable work he had done in fighting for children’s rights.
After every goal he scores, Messi doesn’t point to his name on the back of his jersey or have a lavish celebration planned. He points to the sky to thank his grandmother who first took him to play soccer. The greatest soccer player on the planet takes time in front of tens of thousands of people to thank his grandmother for giving him the opportunity to play soccer. This shines light on the type of man and the character of Lionel Messi. There is something extra special about him. He not only dazzles millions with his talent but also has time to help needy children and in the process always thanks his family for everything he has. This is the type of man we want as the face of soccer, and this is why he is the best ever.