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Messi's Magic Transcends Mere Words

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To describe Lionel Messi as a good player, a great player, is a statement so facile as to render it pointless. Such is the utter brilliance of the Barcelona forward, we are not just running out of superlatives, as the old cliché has it, we are running out of ways to say we are running out of superlatives. He is a man for which conventional language is no longer sufficient.

Messi's is a talent that cannot be satisfactorily categorised, nor adequately described. How to put into words his five-goal performance in a 7-1 evisceration of Bayer Leverkusen last night? Go on, give it a go. Early Doors couldn't manage it, and remarkably it gets paid to write this nonsense.

Thankfully though, where language fails, arithmetic flourishes.

At 24 years of age, last...

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