Lionel Messi’s passing is an underrated part of his greatness at Barcelona
Lionel Messi is widely hailed as the game’s best player but he’s also the best passer. Adam Bate takes a look at the Barcelona man’s greatness through the prism of the through-ball.
When Lionel Messi first captured the imagination as a teenage prodigy, it was because of his signature dribbling abilities. Instantly reminiscent of his compatriot Diego Maradona, his gifts were impossible to miss and the world waited to see where they would take him.
The answer? Into the history books as one of the game’s great players and among its most remarkable goalscorers, breaking record after record with Barcelona. In January, Messi became the first player to score 400 goals in a single major European league.