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The Winning Spirit in Lionel Messi!

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At a time there was lethargy in the team; Messi was busy delivering the goods to the excitement of the fans. In the last concluded La Liga season 2011/12, out of the 37 league games Messi played, Barcelona dropped only 2 points that season in the 25 league matches in which Messi scored but won only 3 of the 12 games in which Messi failed to find the net, that is how important Lionel Messi is to Barcelona! That was the same spirit I saw in Messi when Barca were dominating in every minutes of a tension-soaked match against Granada on Saturday, 22nd September, 2012. Little wonder, he had an altercation with his team-mate, David Villa for “staying too long” in supplying a thorough pass to him hence, wasting the chance. The league is still young, but Messi believed at least going by his disposition that the fate of Barca winning the league can be sealed if the team is not complacent, that is a leadership quality devoid of hatred, selfishness and arrogance towards team-mates. He fought like a wounded lion throughout the game and I can rightly predict that going by the fighting spirit of the team, Barcelona is winning the La Liga this season (2012/13) and can also add that this current squad can set lots of new records in club football history provided they maintain the tempo!

As for Real Madrid, I doubt if they will occupy the 2nd position this season, I also don’t see Mourinho (the real psychopath and opportunist) serving out his contract (till 2016) and not winning the Champions League with Madrid. Indeed, this is payback time for Madrid as the team is currently fatigued and really lack the expected team spirit expected of a true champion. Mourinho is known to use his team to achieve his own selfish interest, little wonder he started by calling himself the ‘special one’ and now the ‘only one’! I always ask myself what then are we supposed to call the silent achiever, Vincente Del Bosque, a man who has won 2 UEFA Champions League with a Real Madrid Team that is not as solid and efficient like the one Mourinho is in charge of now. In addition to the 2 Champions League, he won two La Liga, a UEFA Super Cup and a Spanish Super Cup with the same Real Madrid within 3 and a half years and to cap it up, a World Cup in 2010 and an European Championship title in 2012 with a Spanish National Team football pundits hardly tipped will deliver. Now that is a UNIQUE ONE and a rightful one to be crowned the “King of Football Managers”!

The winning spirit in Messi must not be mistaken for greed but should be rather studied as a mentality of a born champion. Critics will always surmise that Messi wants to dominate in all especially in goal-scoring, I think that is an unfair judgment to the personality of Messi who was ‘directly’ involved in 73 goals and ‘indirectly’ involved in 29 goals in last season (2011/12) making a total of 102 goals at a time the entire team were fatigued! This season (2012/13) looks brighter and better, the more reason everyone should be on their toes and makes it a better one for us (the fans)! We definitely need little adjustments at the back to avoid some recurrent defensive lapses that may spoil many things for us on the long run, this January is our best bet to make those adjustments! The winning spirit in Messi coupled with cooperation from all (especially our misfiring striker, Sanchez and lethargic false midfielder and forwarder, Cesc Fabregas) is needed to keep the tempo of winning going till the end!

<em>This does not represent the views of Barca Blaugranes or SBNation</em>

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