A little story of casual-boy who become a football-fan :
I want to let people know first, I’m a football-fan especially a Barcelona-fan. But I don’t like football immadiately when I know football, here’s a little story from me why I like football so much, and not really like it at first sight.
I start watching football since 2002 (the first time I remembered) when Brazil won the world cup, and everyone is like crazy about it. But I don’t understand anything, just following people hype about it, and also when my friend invite me to play football, I just following them, it’s not like I like football, but I just like playing with my friend.
The first club I support is Juventus because my brother support AC Milan. I just following the flow, when my brother like 1 club, I choose their rival, but playing Winning Eleven and PES on PlayStation is the biggest factor when it comes to my favorite club back then (sometimes I like Barca, sometimes I like Madrid, yeah basically because they’re a great team in the game). I also don’t really enjoy watching football, but I’m always watch the big match (such as World Cup and Champions League), because people always hype about it, other than that, I don’t watch football. There are some great players in those years like Madrid’s Galactico (Ronaldo, Zidane, Beckham, Figo), Serie-A’s legends (Maldini, Nesta, Pirlo, Kaka, Shevchenko, Del Piero, Nedved, Davids, Zanetti), Premier League’s legends (Henry, Gerrard, Owen, Scholes, Giggs, Cristiano Ronaldo), extraordinary player like Ronaldinho who destroys Madrid’s galactico, and there’s more. But still, I can’t find football really interesting. I still see football as a boring-sport, 90 minutes is just too much for me while seeing player just attack and defence frequently, there’s really nothing extraordinary. Maybe only Ronaldinho and Zidane who is for me the most interesting footballer and want to make me to watch them, but yeah, I just admire them, nothing else.
And finally I saw someone who can make me sit 90 minutes comfortably watching football, the man who can dribble everyone, the man who can score whenever he want, the man who always give inhuman passes, the man who has a vision like he watch from the sky, the man who never dive, the man who can make hattrick looks so normal, the man who can surprise you consistently for 10+ years, and the man who is for me the greatest footballer of all time. You can’t describe him with words because it’s never enough, you have to actually watch him, feel his greatness and became the witness of him become the greatest. He’s the best playmaker, dribbler, and finisher in one person, his name is Lionel Andres Messi.
Playmaker, dribbler, and finisher in one person, people will think this is not really great. What makes it really great? Quality. Messi’s playmaking, dribbling and finishing, all of them is above other player. So basically, he’s the best playmaker, the best dribbler, the best finisher in the world, these quality is on 1 person, yeah, 1 person. There’s a lot peoples who said Messi is the best in history while they have watched Pele and Maradona (called as one of the greatest) playing, here’s one of them :
Playmaking, dribbling, and finishing what I’m talking about here is the quality of the best, not your average skill. And the only one who have these 3 skills and also the best-quality for all of them is Messi. It’s not the only factor why he’s so amazing, what make him really amazing for me is his decision-making, when to run, to pass, to shoot, to dribble 1 on 1, to steal the ball, to press, and even to walk. He also made me who doesn’t really interested in football, sit down quietely watching him and after that make me to learn many more about football, and finally become a fanatic like now. When I watched him, I’m always be like ‘What the fuck’ consistently for about 10 years. Great? Nah, not only great, he is the greatest.
a little bit of Messi’s skill, video credit to the owner
and here’s also ‘some’ (there’s so many if I want to include it all, you can search it on youtube) legend and player’s quotes on Messi :
I can’t believe myself I want to wake up basically every 3 days at 2.30-3.30am (Asia-fans nightmare) just to watch football. I also can’t believe myself after watched Barca’s game, I still want to watch the highlight of the match again just want to analysis how my team plays and want to see them play again because I never get enough of Messi. But, not just Messi, it’s Barcelona. They play the most beautiful football in the world. Barca also has holy trinity midfielder Xavi, Iniesta, and Busquets, which is for me, the best midfielders-lineup I’ve ever seen. I’m not rate them highly because they’re Barca players (I’m not biased-person), they have proof because this midfielder-lineup already winning every possible major trophy in the world of football such as World Cup, Champions League, Euro and winning treble twice. This holy trinity also the reason why I like Barca so much (so I’m not only Messi-fanboy), their one-touch passes is very very beautiful to watch, also how they make a space for teammates, you can’t do that unless you have very-high intelligent. Also, shoutout to Pep Guardiola who make all of this possible, the man who make me loving the game even more by making arguably the best squad in history, and to make me who think 90 minutes is too long for football, now feel 90 minutes is not enough.
Barca also has the best captain (for me), the footballer who I respect the most, his name is Carles Puyol. I always love Puyol because of his leadership, he always try to respect opponent, and always telling his teammates to respect their opponent (You know, it’s hard not to arrogant when you become the best in the world, but Puyol is still humble as ever). Respect is the most beautiful thing to do in football, but most of footballer nowadays doesn’t know how to respect. If you want to become top-player, you should know how to respect first. This is some Pique’s quote about Puyol which can describe Puyol perfectly as a leader.
Barca make the beautiful game become more beautiful with their play, because they’re not only play to win, but they play to win while playing great football (Thanks Johan Cruyff). Once again, I’m really grateful to Messi who can make me enjoying football like this, to make me love to analyse game after-match, to make me love Barca so much, to make me actually want to watch football because I like it not because people hype about it.
Gracies Leo, Gracies Barca!
A little closing :
This is actually the first time I have an idol, when my teacher ask me about my idol when I’m still Elementary-school student (for assignment), I always search the best possible person in the world first in google, then write it for assignment (usually it’s between Bill Gates and Albert Einstein). But right now, I have one, eh, actually two (along with Eiichiro Oda). These two people is the two I can proud openly to the others and always try to defend them when people saying bad things about them. Learning about their life, and their past is really interesting research and experience for me, because I’m always wondering ‘How can these guy do this inhuman things so consistently?’ For me, doing some extraordinary is regular for normal-human, because sometimes in your life, you can do it like once and twice, but the real question is, how the hell these guys can do it consistently for about 10+ years? That’s what make them special.
From now, maybe I will make an article about football too, I’m planning to make one, can’t wait to write it!