Who’s the Number One Champ - Lionel Messi, Xavi Hernandez or Andrés Iniesta? – Part 1

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Who’s the Number One Champ - Lionel Messi, Xavi Hernandez or Andrés Iniesta? – Part 1


It has now become a universal fact that FC Barcelona possesses three of the world’s greatest football players; Lionel Messi, Xavi Hernandez and Andrés Iniesta. These players have an extraordinary playing record and deserve each of the accolades bestowed upon them. Indeed, Barcelona is blessed with the ‘crème de la crème’ and is currently one of the strongest teams around. This fact is now officially recognized. From January 10 Barcelona has become the only second team, after the Italian football coach, Arrigo Sacchi’s AC Milan, to take all the podium positions in the Ballon d’Or.

The much celebrated Lionel Messi has already won the honor of FIFA Ballon d’Or. There is a pretty good chance of Xavi or Iniesta being the next winners of Ballon d’Or. If this happens then La Masia, a name given to FC Barcelona’s training facilities, might as well become the institute to actually produce two different Ballon d’Or winners. This would happen the first time after Sporting Clube de Portugal's academy, who had both Luis Figo and Cristiano Ronaldo as the 2001 and 2008 winners, respectively. Furthermore, Barcelona’s training academy will also become the first of its kind to ever effectuate all three Ballon d’Or finalists.

These three brilliant footballers are set to make history, considering the magnificent performances they have already made. They have proved to be utterly instrumental to FC Barcelona’s triumphs in the recent years. Having three of the world’s most talented officials can only mean success for a club. Led by three lions of Barcelona, the club won a momentous and unmatchable sextuple in 2009 and got hold of eight trophies in the past one and a half year. The Palau Blaugrana side accomplished it all while playing some of the most remarkable football games in the history of mankind.

Xavi, Iniesta and Messi together make a team so strong that even their greatest rivals, el Madrid feel threatened by the divine trinity. They played games of such stature that even the finest of experts couldn’t help agree to the fact that Barcelona team is the best club side of all. The triplet is indeed the heartbeat of this marvelous team. This statement is supported by the very fact that Barcelona never lost a match under Pep Guardiola when all three heroes played at the same time. With Xavi and Iniesta pulling the strings and Messi destroying defenses, Barcelona becomes an unconquerable fortress.

Iniesta and Xavi took their glittering career one step ahead by leading Spain, currently the best national team, to the title of Euro and World Cup.

Nominating these three extraordinary players as the finalists for Ballon d’Or 2010 is no more than recognizing the three players who are way above their contemporaries, just as Gullit, Rijkaard and Van Basten were in the late 80s. It also highlights the stupendous team that has revolutionized the game and an academy that produced a truly amazing football generation, by far.

It is quite effortless to list down the top players as finalists. The real part, however, is to decide that who really is the most deserving of the three stars for such an accolade.

Xavi Hernandez is the string-puller for both Spain and Barcelona, and the real person behind the tiki-taka playing style these teams employ. He is a paradigm of steadiness and consistency. Iniesta, on the other hand, is the epitome of a ‘big game player’ – higher the stakes go, better does Iniesta perform. His big match form cannot even be imitated by the much famed Lionel Messi. The Argentine football player, Messi is the most deadly scorer in the world today.


Article Continued In part 2 


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