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Lionel Messi Compilation Shows How It Is 'Near-Impossible For A Group Of Players To Close Him Down'

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Lionel Messi Compilation Shows How It Is 'Near-Impossible For A Group Of Players To Close Him Down'

Lionel Messi is difficult for even the most world-class defenders to stop as a fan's compilation has highlighted why it is almost impossible to 'cage him.'

The 33-year-old Argentine superstar has scored an astonishing 667 times and registered 292 assists in 772 appearances for Barcelona.

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And Messi's stats are backed up by players' experience of facing against him on the pitch.

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Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk, Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw and Manchester City centre-back Aymeric Laporte have all named the Barcelona captain as their toughest opponent to date.

One fan's compilation has highlighted how Messi can manage to take apart several players all at the same time when they try to contain him.

"This guy has some cheat code in playing football," one Twitter user said.

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Someone else posted: "Messi plays in a phone booth... everyone else feels trapped."

A third fan wrote: "This guy is miles away from anybody in this generation."

While a fourth added: "Maybe I should have been a Barca fan, I'd have known peace."

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Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos, who has battled it out with Messi on several occasions in El Clasico, has lauded his Argentine rival and believes he was better than the legendary Diego Maradona.

The 35-year-old Spanish defender said in 2018: "I respect him and Maradona was a great player, a 'crack,' for me.

"Obviously, I am not going to judge individual opinions, but I will also say that, in Argentine football, they know very well that Maradona is light years behind the best player in Argentina history -- who, for me, is Leo Messi."

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Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels also hailed the brilliance of the six-time Ballon d'Or winner after playing against him in the Champions League.

"In top form, Messi is the best footballer I have ever seen -- period," he said in 2019.

Featured Image Credit: PA/Twitter

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

Adnan Riaz
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