Why Lionel Messi has my attention (and yours, maybe after this post!)

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Sorry, Saints and Giants. My attention is on Messi Today.

While you focus on your Bills VS Rams, I will be tuned to another channel. And I’ll give you a hint, it’s not the NBA.

Lionel Messi needs to score two goals before January 1st, 2013. Why? Because two goals brings his 2012 total to 86. In other words, changing a record that hasn’t been changed since 1972 by Gerd Müler.

If I was voting for SI’s sportsman of the year, I would’ve voted for LeBron James. But if Messi had won La Liga, UEFA or anything significant like that, he’s my pick.

But except for soccer fans, nobody really knows who he is. Even if I walked up to a random person who doesn’t follow the NFL in DC, I could still say RG3, and they’d know who I’d be talking about. If I talk to the average sports fan in america, not many will know who Messi is, (“Oh yeah – that defender for LA Galaxy”)  and even if they do, they won’t know who he plays for. (FC Barcelona, By the way…)

But let me throw something at you: In this year alone, Messi has: scored 73 goals for Barcelona, 8 hat tricks included, 12 for Argentina, and just been – well – incredible. This next record will be the icing on the cake for him.

But why does nobody in america really care? I don’t know. But maybe we should try to, at least recognize him. So I am taking the job for Lionel Messi as the campaign manager for his Sportsman of the Year Campaign in 2013.

So, maybe, average sportsfan, lend your eyes, and I shall try to take them off of the Rams VS Bills game. Because if I succeed – you could see something pretty amazing.

 

 

 

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