Simple, normal, average people–that’s us. Then there’s Messi. Once in awhile it is said that aliens, out of this world figures, visit us. He is one of those visitors.
Tonight Argentina played the semi-final game against the US. It is not just any game, Messi scored a beautiful free-kick goal—his 55th goal that is. It was a light, feathered touch yet powerful to place it right above the goalkeeper’s reach and lightly scratching the post. Unbelievable! With this goal, Messi has become the all-time top scorer for the national team. He surpassed Batistuta’s record, that in itself is already an honor. He reads the game, knows when to pass, creates spaces, and all this while 4-5 opponents are trying to block him.
The albiceleste was synchronized and no doubt they controlled the game from the start. I dare to say they even slowed down, at times it seemed Argentina was at a training practice just casually circulating the ball. At full speed I know the score could have been worse (so thank you!). The US team could not even place a shot on goal, no threat, a truly easy game. I did expect a more intense, challenging game, especially after Klinsmann’s words of encouragement. The positive to take from this, we do have to commend the US team. They made it to the semi-finals, unfortunately they had to play against the best team in the world and the alien we call Messi.
A skip and hop away from the final! I never doubted Argentina would make it this far, as a matter of fact, I expect to see them in the final game.
The big surprise—yes, USA having a real possibility of being in the final as well. We all know anything can happen in futbol (handgoals). It is truly amazing, if you recall how the USA was not winning games. How many times did we question Jurgen Klinnsman? Now, I have been a fan of Klinnsman since he was in the German team, however, as a coach I wasn’t seeing him succeed. The US team will have 3 key men out of the game this time around, but Argentina has traveled the most during this tournament and has less time between quarter final and semi-final to rest. That is one big advantage that the US team can capitalize on.
On the other hand, Argentina, Argentina—one word, Messi. I am sure I’m not the only one who gets emotional when Messi scores. To see him triumph makes me happy. His effortless ability to score, dodge opponents, and nutmeg (even goalkeepers) is truly out of this world. When you take a look at the players starting and subbing for Argentina, you can literally have 2 great separate teams. It is an amazing team, whose net worth with all the players (example: Messi, Kun, Mascherano,Di Maria) is about $553,243,152. They are the most expensive team in this Copa America.
While I do love the US team, I have to admit that my heart goes to Argentina. I really want them to take it all! It’s a team that has touched victory at arm’s length, only to be pulled back. Tomorrow is the day to repeat their appearance at another final. Sold-out game, a chance for Messi to break the all time top scorer OR the US to make history in futbol. I expect a great game, hope I don’t bite all my nails.