Yes, Messi is the G.O.A.T.

By Vera Jacobson (II), Contributing Writer

First and foremost, Messi’s statistics are simply staggering. Along with recently winning the World Cup, he has received the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) World Player of the Year award six times, the most of any player in history. He has also won the Ballon d’Or award, which is awarded to the best player in Europe, a total of seven times. In addition, Messi has won multiple league titles and Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) Champions Leagues with his previous club team, FC Barcelona.

Some may try to argue that Messi hasn’t transformed the game of soccer in ways that other players have. No other player, however, has raised the bar for individual performance as high as he has. Messi’s incredible skill and technique on the field truly sets him apart. His aptitude for dribbling past defenders, envisioning the play and passing is second to none. He is also an excellent finisher who has scored over 700 career goals for club and country.

Yet, being the greatest of all time (G.O.A.T.) is about more than just statistics; it is about longevity and narrative. This is not to say that Messi’s statistics aren’t impressive — after all, he has won 11 different Man of the Match Awards from World Cups — but his legacy transcends the bounds of quantitative records.

 Messi was an underdog who rose to national fame through talent and determination despite the challenge of his smaller stature. Even with widespread fame and international recognition, he has remained humble and continues to strive for self-improvement. This message resonates with many and drives Messi’s status as a global inspiration. His humility and remarkable sportsmanship, despite his immense success, make his name synonymous with an excellent work ethic and genuine dedication.

To truly be the G.O.A.T., one must perform at a certain level of mastery and skill over a long period of time. Messi has been consistent throughout his career, showing his quality in every match he plays season after season. He is not a one-hit wonder or a player who shines only in certain matches or tournaments, but a consistent performer at the highest level.

Messi won Copa America, and his work with FC Barcelona, as well as being a star player on his current club team, Paris Saint-Germain, is astounding. He holds the record for the longest period between a player’s first and most recent World Cup goals, revealing he has maintained his superiority long enough to undoubtedly be the G.O.A.T.

 Messi’s embodiment of perseverance earns him this title. Boston Latin School girls’ varsity soccer manager Veronica Smith (I) believes that “his years of unrelenting dedication to the sport [is] inspiring.”

Lionel Messi is not just a soccer player; he is a living legend. It’s his skill, technique, artistry and character on the field that truly sets him apart. His game has consistently shown to be a symphony of fluidity, elegance and precision. 

In a sport that has seen many greats come and go, Messi stands alone. The Argentine maestro has transcended the game and left an indelible mark on the sport’s history. He is undoubtedly the G.O.A.T. – the Greatest of All Time.