Though FC Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi has often been lauded as one of the greatest players of all time, author and journalist Sid Lowe still believes a bigger fuss should be made of the Argentine’s brilliance.
The 31-year-old has been excellent once again for the Catalan giants this season, and currently leads the way in the European Golden Boot rankings with his 21 league goals.
Soccer Laduma caught up with Sid Lowe, author of 'Fear and Loathing in La Liga' and regular contributor to many major football publications, to chat about the forward’s incredible season.
Asked whether Messi gets enough praise for his worth ethic off the field, Lowe feels the Rosario-born player deserves far more praise than he gets.
"While he is a natural talent, while he is someone who clearly was born like this, that does sometimes allow us or drive us towards a mindset that doesn’t give him the credit for the work that’s being done, and how consistent he’s been and that’s about work, not just about talent," he said.
"It’s about the diet, about training, about the improvement in certain elements in his game. There’s no doubt, for example, his free-kick taking has improved, as well as the understanding of the game.
"So, I think that’s a fair point, I think there probably is a sense of him not getting enough credit for that, but to be honest with you, I think he doesn’t get enough credit for anything!
"Though it sounds ridiculous to say this of a player who most people I think would say is the best player in the world, or at least one of the best two with Cristiano Ronaldo, I still think he’s underrated.
"I think still there is sometimes a failure to appreciate the depth of his brilliance, the depth of his achievements, the amount that he’s done."
Messi has scored 27 goals in 27 matches this season for Barca, assisting a further 17 strikes.
See the full interview with Sid Lowe in issue number 1100 of the Soccer Laduma!