More than ten years have passed since the football world first regarded Messi as the best player in the football world. For many people, the Argentine has been at his peak since then, but this does not mean that he really stopped moving forward. Far from it.
As seasons go by, Messi is constantly getting stronger. You will find that compared with the La Masia youth trainee who made his league debut in October 2004, the 33-year-old Barcelona captain has Many differences.
In 2006, the young man with long flowing hair lowered his head and used a dexterous pace to disintegrate the entire Getafe and score a goal. But this is different from Messi, who served as the pseudo 9 in the 2009 UEFA Champions League final against Manchester United, scored with a header at the right time and won the first Golden Globe Award. Of course, he is also different from the frontcourt commander who won the 6th Ballon d'Or in December last year.
Under normal circumstances, the players who have reached the top will do their best for every detail to ensure that they can drain the last bit of talent. There are some more perfect players who think they don’t have the need to make huge changes and appear in the same position for most of their careers.
As a player, Messi's progress is completely different. This is not to say that he is lazy, nor that he doesn't know how to best use his talents. Over the years, in season after season, Messi has constantly reshaped himself and repositioned his role in the team. He has adapted to different environments and requirements. The coach on the bench and the teammates around him changed and changed. Messi was still standing there, but he was no longer the same.
Observing the changes of Messi, you will find that the ultimate goal of these changes does not seem to make him the best player, but to help the team win every game and every championship. You will find that compared with the two types of players mentioned above, Messi is constantly changing based on the needs of the team at each specific moment, and finally allows him to reach the perfect level in different aspects.
Using the database, we selected 10 areas that Messi is good at on the football field, and they appeared at different periods of his career, showing the Argentine's superb level of football. All these superb abilities are contained in his relatively thin body, but it is these elements that created Messi.
"Messi can do everything well," said his teammate Xavi, who has partnered with Messi for many years, in an interview with the "Argentina Nation" in 2018. "If he decides to take the ball over you, he will pass you. If he wants to pass, he will deliver the top assists in world football. If he wants to take a free kick, he will hit it. The position in the top corner of the goal. If he wants to cut your ball, he will steal you. If you let him play as a central defender... well, he can also become the best central defender in world football."
In essence, Messi has always been a dribbling master.
We have all seen Messi’s video highlights early in his career. The Argentine is usually the smallest one on the court. He always receives the ball from his own half, and then gently resolves the opponent’s grabs. I also ignored the teammates beside him, and ended up with a wonderful individualistic goal.
Compared with Spain, which he is familiar with, such a goal is a typical offensive method in his hometown of Argentina. "One of the respected factors of Argentine football is that it is more important to know how to dribble than to pass," former Real Madrid sports director Valdano once said.
After coming to Barcelona, the youth team coach encouraged Messi to try to play the ball after touching the ball one or two feet in the game. However, his father, who always watched Messi on the sidelines, always encouraged him to use that kind more. The traditional Argentine football concept comes to play.
"His performance is incredible. He can always dribble everyone after he receives the ball", by Messi’s youth teammate Victor Vazquez in Gilliam Barag Messi's biography recalled. "Passing everyone and then scoring goals, this is how he was in every training session at that time, it doesn't matter who the opposite is. Before him, we have never seen this kind of situation, because we are the kind of more emphasizing pass. The team with the ball, and he just rushes forward after receiving the ball."
梅西的青年队友维克多·瓦克斯克斯（Victor Vazquez）在吉拉姆·巴拉格·梅西（Gilliam Barag Messi）的传记中回忆道：“他的表现令人难以置信。他总是可以在所有人得到球后运球。” “通过每个人，然后得分，这就是他当时每次训练的状态，没关系的是谁。在他之前，我们从未见过这种情况，因为我们更像是球队传球了，他在接到球后就冲了过去。”
With his continuous improvement, Messi has become more comprehensive on the field, but when he first appeared in Barcelona's starting lineup in 2003, he was a breakthrough player. He can pass in two different ways: either using speed to bring the ball to the open, or using his excellent personal skills to fool the defender and pass the opponent in a more gorgeous way.
"I will try to lie to the defender, and then find time to get rid of him," Messi once said in an interview. "To make a defender lose his balance is to let him run with you first, then pretend to attack, and then turn to the other side. When he loses his balance, then it's time to get rid of him."
Perhaps this statistic best reflects how strong Messi's dribbling ability is: in the 452 games analyzed, Messi tried to use dribbling in 444 of them.
The use of dribbling to pass opponents one-on-one against opponents' defenders has always been an important part of Messi's game content. It is not difficult to see from the figure below that Messi's dribbling ability seems to show signs of decline in recent seasons, but he has gradually declined from that supernatural state. If he is no longer the unbelievable breakthrough player, it can be said that he is more like the best dribbling player on the planet.
It can be seen that the worst stage of Messi’s career dribbling data appeared in the 2017-18 season (because he only played 92 minutes in the 2004-05 season, we can ignore that season). 90 minutes to break through 9.3 attempts, second only to Felipe Anderson who played for Lazio and former teammate Neymar who played for Paris Saint-Germain. Even the worst data of his career can rank in the top three positions in European football. Such performance reflects how strong the Argentine's dribbling ability is.
Messi's best dribbling season dates back to the 2007-08 season 10 years ago, but in that relatively bad season, it may be one of the few highlights at the time. Barcelona only ranked third in the league. This is the club’s worst record in five seasons. Rijkaard left sadly at the end of the season. Guardiola, who was still young in coaching experience, took over the coach. .
In the 28 games played in La Liga, Messi only scored 6 non-penalty goals, which was also his worst career data at the time. However, in stark contrast to the record and scoring performance, the Argentine tried 11.8 times per 90 minutes at the time. Such terrifying data is also worth further digging.
Messi’s success rate per 90 minutes was 8.6, which means that his success rate was 73%. However, this is not the best data of his career. The 76% success rate in the 2005-06 season is enough to show his excellent efficiency, and his average number of per game in that season is still in the top three of his career.
On the topic of dribbling, quantity and efficiency are one aspect, but what shows Messi's continuous evolution is the changes in the area of his career. The picture below shows the hot spots where Messi has tried in different seasons.
Here, the 2007-08 season was the season when Messi was purely a winger. It can be seen that in the following season, his area of excellence has moved more and more to the opponent's 18-yard area.
While the number of extraordinary breakthroughs is rapid, many people who have paid attention to those outstanding breakthrough players may tell you that the key is the handling after passing. If a player directly chooses to cross and out of bounds after passing, it is really not very useful.
However, Messi's contribution after passing is far more important than accurate passing.
Messi's most significant contribution after passing seasons appeared in the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons, in these two seasons he scored 50 goals and 46 goals in La Liga respectively. In these two seasons, he scored 21 goals and contributed 5 assists after dribbling.
Behind these goals, Messi's real handling method is speed. He will always dribble the ball quickly after passing to find a chance to score. Regardless of whether the opponent is switching defensively or defending, Messi will always seek to end everything in just a few seconds.
In the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons, Messi never scored more than 8 seconds after passing. Judging from the goals shown in the picture below, Messi's running speed and thinking helped him score goals in various positions on the court.
In the Barcelona youth team, Messi has played multiple positions. Although the Argentines' favorite is the 10th position in the middle of the road that they have dreamed of in Argentina since childhood, but because Barcelona youth training does not always follow that formation, Messi has gradually learned to adapt and change. And because he prefers dribbling nature, the coach also believes that he can play his own characteristics more on the wing. "In general, when I play on the wing, the opposing players will defend me from the side, and I will look for the moment when they stretch their legs, and then I can get rid of him," Messi explained.
For Messi, fortunately, in the two years before he entered the first team, Ronaldinho was an absolute superstar in the Barcelona team. At that time, Barcelona decided to let the youth team follow the tactical system and formation of the first team: Although Barcelona used the 433 formation with wingers occupying two wings at the time, Ronaldinho was cruising through the inside on the wing. The best in the world.
Therefore, Messi, who has a strong left foot, has never tried to play on the left side. The last time Barcelona used a left-footed player in this position may be traced back to the Van Gaal era. Normally, left-footed players are more adapted to playing on the left. Cut from the right to attack. When Messi entered the Barcelona first team, in essence, he completely copied Ronaldinho's role. As you can see in the picture below, Messi’s first goal came after Van Bronckhorsk (No. 12) and Deco (No. 20) were in tandem, and finally Ronaldinho (No. 10) completed the assist. .
Messi's first regular first-team position was in the 2005-06 season, when he strained his thigh muscles in the Champions League quarter-finals against Chelsea, although the team believes that the Argentine is expected to face Assen in the final. Nah recovered before the game, but coach Rijkaard still did not agree to immediately let him return to the lineup and excluded him from the big list.
Nevertheless, Messi got votes in the Golden Globe Awards at the age of 19. That year, the only wingers ranked higher than him were Ribery and Cristiano Ronaldo. At the time, the French played the left wing in Marseille, but appeared on the ball as the French team entered the World Cup finals. The team’s right side; while the Portuguese was mainly active on the right side at Manchester United. Messi was actually very close to becoming the best right winger in the world.
Despite the impact of injuries, Messi showed dazzling talent in the following two seasons. However, in the 2007 Golden Globe Awards, he ranked third, behind Kaka and Ronaldo, and lost to Ronaldo in 2008. In fact, the time when Messi became the best right winger in the world was inevitably linked to Ronaldo’s no longer active in this position. In 2008, the Portuguese began to gain higher tactics at Manchester United. Degrees of freedom. By 2009, he had become a forward cruising on the left. At some point in the early part of the 2008-09 season, Messi under Guardiola has shown the best form in the world on the right.
At that time, Barcelona used the 433 formation, with Eto'o as the center, Henry on the left, and Xavi and Iniesta occupying the midfield position. In April 2009, the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final match between the team and Bayern at home was a masterpiece of Messi. All three forwards of the team had made achievements (Messi scored twice). Eventually helped the team beat the opponent 4-0.
At the Nou Camp that night, Messi received a pass from Eto'o on the right, adjusted the ball into the far corner of the goal, and opened the scoring for the team. Afterwards, he returned with a ball, and sent a wonderful pass to Eto'o after a breakthrough with the ball from the wing, allowing the latter to help the team expand the lead to 2 goals. After that, Messi again rushed in at a clever timing, receiving Henry's pass from the left and scoring the ball into Bayern's gate again. The fourth goal of the game was also related to Messi: the Argentine made a breakthrough from the right. After completing a two-to-one match with Deco, facing Van Bommel's tackle, he gave the ball to Eto. Austria, the latter assisted Henry to finalize the score at 4-0.
A month later, in the Champions League final against Manchester United, Barcelona sent the same trio in the front court. Although the 2-0 score did not appear to be as eye-catching as against Bayern, the team's performance was still extremely dominant. In that game, Messi had a new role.
In the early days of coaching, Guardiola briefly put Messi in the role of pseudo 9th, and for most of the 2008-09 season, the Argentine returned to the right.
Guardiola would only reveal this weapon at the time when it was necessary-for example, in the Champions League knockout match against the opponent's key game. The most memorable application of this tactical arrangement is the team's 6-2 victory over Real Madrid and Manchester United in the Champions League final.
"This is totally Guardiola's decision", Trent, Guashuai's assistant at the time, said in an interview. "I can still remember that day, because I was doing tactical analysis of my opponent as usual, and the team's next opponent was Real Madrid. Guardiola asked me,'How will they defend?' Actually watched all Real Madrid games, but still asked me like this. (I told him) their central defender would not run with No. 9, and then he gave the tactical arrangement that we all saw later.
"We explained to the players this way:'If the opposing central defender is following him, then Henry is on the left and Eto'o is on the right, and both can plug in the middle. If the central defender does not come out, then as usual, Messi is in tandem with the midfield, we have a 4 to 3 advantage in the midfield.'Of course, he was partnered with Iniesta, Xavi and others at the time. It was wonderful, and Messi could retreat very deep His position is in tandem with the midfielder, and he can also get a shot in advance."
This tactic makes Messi the ultimate threat as a pseudo 9-he can both retreat to the midfield and control the ball, but also can insert into the penalty area. He showed the role of the pseudo 9 to the fullest.
But what is somewhat surprising is that Guardiola decided to abandon this tactical system at the end of the 2008-09 season. This move is also because the team exchanged players for Eto'o for Ibrahimovic, and the Swedes' characteristics require a mid-range role, so Messi can no longer appear in the pseudo 9th position. As we all know, the relationship between Ibrahimovic and Guashuai is very bad, he is not always able to appear as a starter in key games. However, until the subsequent 2010-11 season, when Ibrahimovic left the team and Villa joined, Messi's duties returned to the pseudo 9th.
Although Messi had a flash in the pseudo 9 position in the 2008-09 season, there were only two games. In the 2009-10 season, the Argentines performed only a few games in this position. However, when the time came to the 2010-11 season, Messi no longer played the role of a winger, and began to appear mainly as the team's mid attacker. At this time, Villa and Pedro were active on the wing, pseudo 9 position. Messi also appeared on the court regularly for the first time.
"When Messi is in the middle, he doesn't need to press and defend so much. In the process of pushing opponents, he only needs to make specific moves, and he has more chances to touch the ball." Trent said.
But the most crucial change is of course that Messi is closer to the goal.
Certainly some people want to talk about Messi’s 50 goals season in La Liga (2011-12 season), but in fact the 46 goals in the 2012-13 season may be even better. As for the reason, everything points to a penalty kick.
Under normal circumstances, the success rate of penalty kicks is 75%, which means that about every 4 penalty kicks, there are 3 times to score. Penalties allow players to face the open gate relatively very close to the goal. This is also the best chance that players can get in the game. It is far more difficult to get a chance to score in sports than a starting kick, so excluding the penalty kick from the season data can better show the players' scoring ability.
Messi is no exception. The Argentine took 69 penalties in La Liga and made 58; of course, the 84% success rate was above average.
So if penalty kicks are excluded, then Messi’s goals per season should look like this:
10 of Messi’s 50 goals in the 2011-12 season were completed on penalty points. The Argentine played 3720 minutes. This number is only 150 minutes less than the entire season, and 620 minutes more than the subsequent 2012-13 season.
In the 2012-13 season, Messi scored 42 non-penalty goals, and his playing time was equivalent to 29 games and played a full game. The scoring rate of 1.37 goals per 90 minutes (including stoppage time) is unmatched in the Premier League (calculated from the 2006-07 season), and it seems that no player can provide such a performance in any season. Among players who have played more than 1,000 minutes, the player closest to Messi is...Papis Cisse in the 2011-12 season. Cisse, who played for Newcastle at the time, scored 13 goals in 1113 minutes, which is equivalent to a 1.05 goal rate per 90 minutes in slightly more than 12 games. And such data is far from Messi.
But perhaps it is more appropriate to compare with Salah's debut season in the Premier League (2017-18 season). Salah played 2921 minutes for Liverpool and scored 31 non-penalty goals. The Egyptians have a larger sample of playing time, which also excludes other factors brought about by substitutes like Cisse.
Even with this comparison, the distance between the two is not close. At that time, the brave Salah was able to score 0.96 goals per 90 minutes, but Messi has dedicated similar performances 6 times in the past 10 seasons.
The goals scored in the 2012-13 season also showed the classic Messi scoring method. These included a lob shot, a shot from the left side of the penalty area to the right side of the goal, a free kick, and his most common way of scoring at the time-walking in the open space of the penalty area, getting the ball unmarked, and then finishing deadly one strike.
Messi’s two goals in the 2012-13 La Liga opener occurred in a large number of opponents’ penalty area. The Argentine’s ability to seize opportunities finally helped Barcelona 5-1 victory over Real Sociedad. Later, he used a long-range free-kick to pass through Real Madrid’s gate, and even scored a header in the game against Spartak Moscow. In the game against Athletic Bilbao, he also relied on his outstanding performance. Adjust the ability to break through the opponent's door. It can be said that Messi can always use excellent technology to complete all kinds of goals, and the low shot of the left foot to the two lower corners of the goal is the Argentine's strength.
That season, in matches against Levante, Atletico Madrid and Deportivo de La Coruña, if you look at the replays from close range, Messi could always catch the opponent's goalkeepers by surprise with his skillful personal ability. In the second round of the Champions League 1/8 final against Milan, Messi used two goals from the edge of the penalty area to help the team reverse the unfavorable situation of 0-2 in the first leg. Although the Argentine is always surrounded by defensive players, he can still use the adjustment when receiving the ball, and then directly hit the goal, making the opponent's goalkeeper Abbiati overwhelmed. Judging from Messi's state, he looked very, very relaxed when he scored these goals.
It can be said that from the point of view of goals, Messi’s 2012-13 season is very complete-he not only has a super high scoring rate, but also shows a variety of ending methods, which ultimately contributed to the goal of his career. The best season. Neither Messi nor the team had an ideal ending that season. The team coach Vilanova was seriously ill and cast a shadow over the Camp Nou. After Messi scored 19 consecutive league games, the suspense of the league championship came to an end in March, but Messi suffered a thigh injury in early April. Although he returned in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final against Bayern, he failed to avoid the fate of the team being beaten 0-4 by the opponent.
"I can't do much about the result of this game, it's really a pity," Messi said after the game. "They used their performance to prove that they are the stronger side. They won everything. You can see them on the court."
Although Messi's goals were enough to guarantee Barcelona's victory in La Liga, and he himself won four consecutive Golden Globe Awards during 2009-12. But what the Argentine needs more is to let his team reshape its dominance in European football.
Although Messi has had a good scoring rate throughout his career, he has always created a double threat on the court with his ability to create opportunities. In fact, since the 2007-08 season with 12 assists, the Argentine only failed to achieve double assists in the 2016-17 season-he completed 9 assists that season.
In fact, the peak season of Messi’s assists appeared this season. The Argentine delivered shells for his teammates 21 times and assists up to 0.62 per 90 minutes. This is also one of the best assists in a single season for players in the top five European leagues so far this century. Henry had 20 assists in the 2002-03 Premier League, 0.55 assists per 90 minutes. De Bruyne has also reached a height similar to Henry in Manchester City, with 0.64 assists per 90 minutes.
In February of this year, Messi failed to score in 4 league rounds due to muscle injuries. This is also the worst performance of the Argentine since the 2013-14 season, when he was also fighting with injuries. However, of Barcelona’s 7 goals during this period, 6 of them originated from Messi’s assists-this included using dribbling to attract the attention of opposing defensive players, and then allowing Fati to get assists from the offensive space, including the use of set kicks. For Busquets and Langley's pass, Derong sent a pick pass, and used a kick to tear through the opponent's entire defense line for Griezmann's assist. Even when he can't score on his own, he can still find different ways to let the team find a chance to score.
Messi has been relatively slow to break through in assists. At the end of the 2006-07 season, he only scored 3 assists in more than 3000 minutes of playing time. In the 2007-08 season, the Argentine only provided 3 assists and 4 assists for the two men when paired with players who are extremely threatening offensive such as Henry and Eto'o.
However, Messi has also become a dominant creative player through unremitting efforts. From the 2004-05 season to the 2019-20 season, the Argentine has sent 179 assists in La Liga.
Before this season, Messi’s best record of assists per 90 minutes appeared in the 2010-11 season. At that time, the assists he sent were all directed to the Spanish players in the team: Boyang 3 times, Pique 1 time, Peder Luo 4 times, Thiago 2 times, and Villa 8 times.
The first national derby of that season allowed the outside world to truly notice that Messi can control the game without scoring a goal. In the 5-0 victory over Jose Mourinho's Real Madrid game, Messi participated in the team's first 4 goals, including two direct assists to Villa. Similar running, Messi's precise passing timing and Villa's perfect position, all of which caused Real Madrid's defense to be completely dismantled twice.
In that season, Villa had 8 goals from Messi’s assists. This is also the highest record of Messi’s assists for the same player in a single season. The other two were in the 2014-15 season by Neymar and the 2015-16 season. Suarez.
The picture above shows the assists Messi has made for his teammates in the past ten years. As the characteristics of his teammates changed, his best way to assist his teammates also changed. Obviously, for players such as Suarez, Neymar, Fabregas and even Pique, they hope to get the ball from a different position.
Judging from the situation in the first picture of this section, Messi’s assists have shown an upward trend, but from the actual situation, the Argentine’s assist performance in his career has fluctuated, but his performance has always been hovering. Between excellence and greatness.
On the court, the ability of two-to-one coordination is one of Messi's most powerful weapons. In the face of the opposing defensive pressure, he can always use time and space to take the ball away from the opposing circle or advance the team's offense through two-to-one coordination.
Like a powerful black belt in karate, Messi will use the running inertia of the opposing player to crack his defense. The Argentine will dribble the ball when the opponent is most out of balance, and then enter the empty space behind them.
The following series of pictures are from the 2010-11 season against Málaga. This set of pictures can clearly show Messi's ability and characteristics in this regard. First, Messi received a pass from Busquets in the midfield.
Immediately Messi turned his head and shoulders to observe how the ball should continue to develop.
Málaga’s Camacho quickly followed up the defense after seeing Messi got the ball, but this also left Harvey behind him unmarked, who also began to move in the first place.
Harvey passed the ball back to Messi, and the Argentine had already sprinted past Camacho.
It can be said that Camacho has been completely shaken off at this time and is out of the situation, while Messi is sprinting the ball between the midfield line and the back line of Málaga.
To be sure, if you are Messi’s opponent, then this area must be the lowest position where you want Messi to attack the defense. Everyone can easily recognize a two-to-one match when watching a game, but there is no such classification in terms of statistics. Here, we might as well make a classification definition of this, that is, when Messi gets his pass again within two seconds after passing to a player, it can be considered that Messi has completed a two-to-one match.
Why do we take this match against Málaga in the 2010-11 season as an example? Well, it can be said that this should be the best season in the history of the Barcelona team. The team won the La Liga and the Champions League that season. Compared with other seasons, Messi used two-to-one cooperation more frequently in each game at that time, and it has been greatly improved compared with the previous season.
This kind of cooperation is not just to create a little more space for the offensive line: that season, Messi had 4 goals and 2 assists after two-to-one cooperation, and these two figures were also career season highs. The 2010-11 season is also the season in which Messi began to move closer to the middle. We can also see this from the hot zone chart below.
At first, Messi was in tandem on the wing. In the first few seasons of his career, he mainly played two-to-one with Ronaldinho or Eto'o.
After Alves joined in the 2008-09 season, Barcelona's right wing quickly became the most powerful offensive wing combination in European football, or one of them.
Messi and Alves have become a very tacit partner, and Alves has naturally become one of the players who have the most frequent two-to-one cooperation with Messi. However, in the 2012-13 season, the Brazilian is not really the player with the most two-to-one cooperation with Messi. As mentioned above, that season was also the season with Messi's strongest scoring ability.
In the 2012-13 season, Messi completed the data of 9 goals and 3 assists through two-to-one cooperation, which naturally became his most outstanding season in this aspect.
Unlike his innate dribbling ability, Messi's ability to send a threatening ball to tear the opponent's defense line is acquired through continuous learning.
In fact, the first successful through ball of the Argentine's first team career probably took a bit more night than everyone thought-it was an away game against the Spaniard in the 2005-06 season. At that time, after the Spaniard took a corner kick, their shot was blocked by the Barcelona players, and Messi immediately grabbed the second point.
Afterwards, he easily avoided a defensive player who was chasing.
The Argentinian sent a through ball to the right back Belletti, who was in front of him.
Although the Brazilian ultimately failed to turn this pass into an assist, this is the first time Messi has shown his potential as a passer in the counterattack: he can break through the opponent's defense and play The lower position creates opportunities. It was also from that moment that Messi became more calm in trying to send a through ball, and reached its peak in the 2015-16 season. That season, he and Suarez and Neymar scored a total of 131 goals in all competitions, including 90 goals in La Liga.
At that time, Messi sent 3.4 through balls every 90 minutes. This data is quite amazing, especially when compared with the statistics of the Premier League-since 2017, the record of through balls in a single season in the Premier League is Coutinho in the 2017-18 season, but at the time the Brazilian only had 1.4 times per 90 minutes.
In general, Messi's use of through ball is increasing year by year. However, the unusual 2017-18 season is an exception. This is actually worthy of discussion. Whether Messi, who is about to turn 33, will use his passing ability to reshape his game after his physical fitness declines.
Messi in the 2015-16 season also ushered in the peak of his career in the number of through-ball successes, as did the number of through-balls that directly converted shots and goals. Of the 52 successful through balls that Messi completed that season, 27 were converted into shots, the proportion of which was slightly more than 50%; and out of these 27 converted through shots, 11 were converted into goals. . The main targets of these through balls are Suarez and Neymar. Messi can always use the pass to tear the opponent's defense line, sometimes even in a deep position.
It was also during this period that Barcelona's tridents in the frontcourt knew each other's way of playing, and their advantages were complementary. When Messi gets the ball in a deeper position, Suarez will use his running position to take at least one central defender out of his position, calmly giving Neymar room to intervene. Let's take an example of the team's 6-0 home win over Getafe in March 2016. Messi gave a very comprehensive performance in that game, which also included two extremely precise passes that bypassed the opponent's defense, and finally Neymar completed a fatal blow without being marked.
In the Copa del Rey finals that season, Messi also had two perfect through shots in timing and strength, and finally helped Barcelona beat Sevilla 2-0 in overtime: the first goal was to get Alba from the left. The position of the guard was given a chance to advance quickly, and the second goal gave Neymar a good opportunity to calmly hit the goal.
When it comes to Messi's ability to pass through the ball, this not only refers to the position where he passes, but also the technique he uses when passing the ball. Whether it is a ground ball or a high-altitude ball, Messi in the 2015-16 season can almost be said to be the player with the strongest ability to tear the opponent's defense line with passing in the history of La Liga.
In any case, Messi in the 2015-16 season has undoubtedly reached his peak in sending through balls.
In the process of Messi growing into the world's best in many fields, his national team career seemed a bit alienated. In general, Messi’s transformation and development in the national team is often a few years behind the club-usually, he will shine in Barcelona in a certain field, and then people will question why he can’t play in the Argentine national team. Do the same thing. But in fact, sooner or later he will reproduce a similar performance in the national team.