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Compilation Of Lionel Messi Being 'The World's Best Defender' Laughs At 'Lazy' Myth

Compilation Of Lionel Messi Being 'The World's Best Defender' Laughs At 'Lazy' Myth

A stunning compilation of Lionel Messi being 'the world's best defender' proves that everyone calling him 'lazy' is flat out wrong.

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The Barcelona superstar is arguably one of the greatest attackers ever, but he has been criticised for not helping the team overall.

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But a compilation from @BestOfMartial shows he isn't afraid of getting down and dirty - even showcasing a few crunching slide tackles.


Barcelona have always enjoyed more possession than their opponents and a lot of that is down to how quickly they regain the ball.

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Former manager Pep Guardiola once remarked that quality actually makes Messi one of the world's best defenders.

He said back in 2013: "Messi wins the ball playing as the false No.9. If you put him at left-back, he would be just as good. He is the best defender in the world," Guardiola told reporters.

"Before arriving at Barcelona I had never seen Messi play. But Tito Vilanova had great things to say about him."

Image Credit: PA
Image Credit: PA

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Fans have had their say on the video and they think it's time to stop underrating Messi's contributions across the pitch.

One user said: "This guy can do everything, amazes me how people compare him to other footballers, so disrespected."

Another added: "Being the smallest you have to be the smartest to survive. He always saves energy for attacking but when he decides to go after the ball, oh boy!"

A third stated: "You ever watch little kids play? And there's one kid who is just so much better than the rest, it's almost a mismatch.. same thing here, only with professionals."

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While another put: "He will always be the most complete footballer in history."

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Image Credit: PA

Messi helped Barcelona to a 3-0 win over Elche on Wednesday evening, scoring two goals.

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Messi started the attack by driving at Elche's defence, skipping past a few players before picking out strike partner Braithwaite.

The Danish forward then flicked the ball back to Messi, who rounded off the move with a neat finish.

Featured Image Credit: The Best Of Martial/Twitter

Topics: Football, Barcelona, Lionel Messi, Legends, La Liga

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Daniel Marland

Daniel is a journalist for SPORTbible and he has previous experience with Manchester United. He has spoken to some of the biggest names in sport including Rio Ferdinand, Peter Crouch, WWE COO Triple H and WWE legend The Undertaker. May or may not do a decent impression of Jamie Carragher.