Today, we continue our list of the top 25 players in the world in football with…
Lionel Messi is ranked second.
1st position in the previous season
It’s been a year unlike any other, but it’s also been a year like any other in certain ways.
Football may have been canceled and stadiums emptied due to the Coronavirus, but there is at least one constant in our lives, something to hold on to during this tough period.
Lionel Messi is already an outstanding footballer, and according to Onefootball, he will be the world’s second best player in 2020.
The fact that the Barcelona guy is still doing what he’s doing at the age of 33 is incredible and almost unprecedented.
Messi’s ability to maintain a high standard of success during one of the club’s most turbulent years is also a testament to his professionalism.
Off the field, the Blaugrana have been nothing short of an embarrassment, with former president Josep Maria Bartomeu’s financial mismanagement almost bankrupting the world’s richest football club.
Then there was the Barcagate controversy, in which former board members hired a social networking firm and try to undermine squad members, including Messi, as well as Bartomeu’s claim that the Ballon d’Or winner’s wages were to blame for the club’s financial woes.
All of this resulted in a tumultuous summer, with Messi threatening to leave Camp Nou after their humiliating 8-2 Champions League loss to Bayern Munich.
Messi finally agreed to remain at Barcelona after a five-week war of allegations and counter-claims, and has played a key role in the club’s reconstruction under Ronald Koeman.
It would have been really tempting for Messi to take his foot off the gas and cruise to a possible exit this summer with a new crop of young players coming through.
Messi, on the other hand, was sensational in 2020, scoring 29 goals in all competitions so far this season.
He may be nearing the end of his Barcelona career, but the fire inside the greatest to ever do it still burns brightly.