Former FC Barcelona Captain Draws Similarities Between Lionel Messi and Michael Jordan

Published 12/26/2020, 10:13 AM EST
Chicago Bulls All-Star forward # 23 Michael Jordan file photos. (Photo by Tom Berg/WireImage)


What is something that every fan of every sport in the world likes the most? Aside from watching the game itself, that is. A fan loves nothing more than a debate. A debate over who they think is the greatest to grace that sport like Michael Jordan vs LeBron James.

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While there may be no argument about who the greatest ice hockey player of all-time is, a. k. a Wayne Gretzky; in regards to most other sports, the picture is not very clear.

Take soccer, for example. Is Lionel Messi the best player to don the football boots? A former teammate thinks the picture is as clear as the day.

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Puyol anoints Messi the ‘GOAT’

Soccer Football – World Cup 2022 South American Qualifiers – Argentina v Paraguay – Estadio La Bombonera, Buenos Aires, Argentina – November 12, 2020 Argentina’s Lionel Messi celebrates scoring a goal later disallowed after VAR review Pool via REUTERS/Juan Ignacio Roncoroni

Carles Puyol captained FC Barcelona during their ‘Golden Era’ when they won it all. And he is of the view that Messi is the ‘Michael Jordan’ of basketball.

He believes that the former Chicago Bulls’ guard is the greatest-ever in his field over others like Kobe Bryant. “If you ask me who Michael Jordan is, I will say that he is the best basketball player in history”

Believing that Messi enjoys the same status as MJ, he said, “I think Messi will have the same status–the best footballer of all time.

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“It is also talked about whether Michael Jordan is the best in history, and these are opinions, and sometimes it is difficult to be objective. It is difficult for a Real Madrid fan to recognize that Messi is the best.”

But is Messi anywhere close to Michael Jordan?

Someone needs to put the brakes on Puyol. Even though Messi is mesmerizing to watch, he is nowhere near influential as Jordan. The Argentinian is as gifted as they come, but he does not put in the same work or carry his team like Michael.

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Michael Johnson #23, shooting guard for the Chicago Bulls prepares to make a shot during a Central Division game in the Eastern Conference of the National Basketball Association (NBA) 1988 – 1989 season at Chicago Stadium, Chicago, United States. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Allsport/Getty Images)

Rather, someone who should be talked about in the same breath as him should be Cristiano Ronaldo. It is not just natural talent but the drive to succeed that propels him to glory like Jordan. The Portuguese superstar steps up in the crucial moments when his team needs him the most.

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Bharat Aggarwal

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Bharat Aggarwal is a sports analyst for EssentiallySports, covering Formula 1 and NBA. A Delhi University graduate, Bharat has multi-year experience in sports writing, having closely worked with the content strategy aspect as well. Bharat Aggarwal supports Manchester United, Lewis Hamilton, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Nadal, Dirk Nowitzki, Sachin Tendulkar, Ayrton Senna, Kristaps Porzingis, and Dallas Mavericks.

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