Will there be another Lionel Messi?
We were repeatedly told that yes, “Next Messi” was found.
However, it never worked like that.
The simple fact is that the Argentine played at a level that was almost impossible for the match.
In modern times only Cristiano Ronaldo can balance his goals. And then there are assists, playmakers, and skills that can make Messi the best of all time.
But we continue to hear that talent scouts have found the next version of the Ballon d’Or winner six times.
We looked at the 13 players labeled “Next Messi” to see how they ranked.
There are several success stories, but most fail to reach the height that is expected to be achieved.
In 2006, the Foot Mercato website published an article entitled “Bojan Krkić: le futur Messi?”
The Spanish striker is only 16 years old and has a good view of the Barcelona academy. He scored more than 900 goals for their youth team.
But these high hopes affected Boyan and he was never a superstar. He worked briefly with Roma, AK Milan and Ajax before joining Stoke City in 2014.
“However, I know my quality and I know I’m not a Messi,” Boyan, who now plays Montreal with Major League Soccer, told The Guardian last year.
“I’m Boyan. If people want to say,” This person is not the new Messi, well, I’m not the new Messi. “
Lot’s biggest success.
In 2013, ESPN announced that Liverpool were interested in signing Lionel Messi Mohammed Salah from Egypt.
The Reds had to wait four years to get it, but it was worth the wait.
Salah failed at Chelsea but revived his Italian career in Rome and scored 29 goals in 65 Serie A league matches.
This caused Liverpool to spend £ 36.9 million to sign it in 2017, and it was Anfield’s revelation that established itself as a world-class player with Jürgen Klop.
Style and goals Salah, the 2017/18 PFA player, only reinforces this comparison with Messi.
When Real Madrid signed a contract with Martin Odegaard from Norway when he was 16 in 2015, the BBC wrote a story entitled “Martin Odegaard:” The next 16-year-old Messi from Real Madrid. “
At first it seems that this comparison is far from the target. He participated in the Real Madrid youth team but was unable to form the first team and was loaned out.
However, the development of Odegaard with Vitesse in 2018/19 and Real Sociedad in 2019/20 is very impressive and he is now ready to be an important player at the Bernabeu.
He will be Messi’s competitor next season.
Alan Dzagoev made headlines at the 2012 European Championship at the age of 21 where he was a goal scorer.
Russia has never tested its skills outside Russia, although he has played for CSKA Moscow since 2008.
He is connected with Real Madrid and Chelsea, but remains loyal to CSKA.
Arsene Wenger was happy to sign Japanese winger Rio Miaichi in 2010, and after a decent loan from Feyenoord in 2011, he marked “Messi Japan” and “Riodino”.
A disappointing loan from Bolton Wanders and Wigan Athletic showed that Miyajichi could not cut it in England, but he signed with FC St. Pauli Germany in 2015, where he remains to this day.
Unlike others, a comparison with Messi has never pulled Spanish midfielder Iker Muniain out of circulation.
“That is above. People are happy,” Muniain told Nervion Radio in 2016 and told FourFourTwo.
“It never affected me. I always knew who I was.”
The comparison occurred when Muniain shined for Athletic Bilbao as a teenager and had a good career with the Basque club, making more than 400 appearances for him.
Muniain, related to the move to Liverpool and Man United, was appointed captain of his son’s club in 2019.
Scottish attacking midfielder Ryan Gould made headlines while at Dundee United and turned to Portuguese giants Sporting Lisbon in 2014 for £ 3 million.
Gold qualified for the Sporting reserve team, but never made it into the senior team and only made the first five appearances.
It was given to Vitoria de Setubal, Aves, Fahrense and Hibernian before switching permanently to Fahrenheit in 2019.
Regarding this comparison with Messi, Gould said in the 2019 Daily Journal: “When I went to a cafe in a mall, no one knew my name – but they said, ‘Mini Messi, Mini Messi …’
“Nobody knows that my name is Ryan Gold. And things like that are not good.
“I don’t like it and I don’t welcome it.”
There is no other messi. Players share the same traits and attributes, but no one can group them all together to succeed at the highest level.
But the basic props for Salah are the closest to the draw. Egyptians are recognized superstars and are happy to be seen.
The next time you read an article that claims “the next messi” has been found, soak it with a pinch of salt.