His name has been all over the news since the ending of the World Cup a few weeks ago.  Yes, Lionel Messi of Argentina took home the coveted world trophy, and is now considered possibly the greatest soccer player of all time.

It was France vs. Argentina, and the game would not disappoint.  The first goal came after Argentina forward Ángel Di María flew past France’s Ousmane Dembélé, who tripped him in the box and won a penalty kick.  Of course, there was no doubt in anyone’s mind who would take the penalty kick, and with it Messi made history with “a deep breath and a calm strike,” powering the ball low and to the right and giving Argentina a 1-0 lead.  With the kick, Messi became the first man to score in every game of a World Cup knockout round in a single tournament (round of 16, quarterfinal, semifinal and final).  The game would eventually go on to a 2-2 tie, forcing a 30-minute over time where Lionel would score again, putting his team up 3-2.  France came back to tie it up, but the game would come down to penalty kicks, where Argentina would eventually claim victory.

Our focus here, of course, is the man Lionel Messi.  To be sure, Messi is the Michael Jordan (#6) of soccer, in that he shares the same Brain Type as MJ.  Described as intense, reserved, and as competitive as anyone in the league, Messi is truly a quinteicential #6 BEIRYet, there is something more to Messi than even his inborn Brain Type.  Yes, Messi is a lefty, which has given him an edge even beyond his regular BT.  Described as “a gift from the footballing Gods” by former England forward Gar Lineker, Messi is indeed gifted in almost every conceivable way.  He is a 5’7 playing machine that has been blessed with ‘EI’ (Empirical, Inanimate) fine-motor skills, but also a high degree of ‘EA’ (Empirical, Animate) gross-motor skills due to being left-footed (or handed).  Body balance (and strength) is key in soccer, where #6s have not commonly dominated.

Even ‘CA‘s like Christiano Rinaldo (#9 FCAR) have an easier time coordinating their bodies than do their dominant fine-motor dominant counterparts.  Messi, however, has come forth as a phenomenal exception.  It’s as though he is a mesh of two body-skill designs, combining to produce what we might call, for lack of a better term, a “Dawk.”  No, not a duck.  Messi is a hawk-dove hybrid (see Body Skills for more details), and his abilities are beyond that of a regular right-handed #6 BEIR.  His brain near-perfectly observes the field, and his body near-perfectly plays on the field.  In terms of seeing the field, manager Pep Guardiola, who coached Messi for four years at Barcelona, has described Messi’s meandering and walking (especially in the early stages of a game) as a form of cartography … an “exercise in scanning and surveying, taking the measure of the defense, noticing where the vulnerabilities lie, and calculating when and how opportunities might be seized.”  He goes on to say of Messi, “After five, ten minutes, he’ll have a map in his eyes and in his brain.  [He’ll] know exactly what is the space and what is the panorama.”

Former NBA star John Stockton, another #6, is considered the best ‘pure’ point guard to ever play.  Like Messi, he applied his dominant spatial logic and mental toughness to excel like no other at his position. 6s are the best with visual logic (Larry Bird, another 6), and when they lack the extraordinary athleticism of their peers, they accentuate their x-ray vision like no others (especially when they have ‘healthy’ neurochemicals).

We could write a large volume on Lionel Messi, but in short, he is special, and in the words of Declan Rice (England midfielder), “Lionel Messi.  The best ever.  We will never see a player like Messi ever again.”

Written by: Staff
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