Lionel is different from the others. His playing style and ability have drawn comparisons to Diego Maradona, who himself declared Messi as his "successor". He has won five La Liga titles, three Champions League titles, scoring in two of those finals, against Manchester United in both 2009 and 2011. He was not on the pitch as Barcelona defeated Arsenal in 2006, but received a winners' medal from the tournament.
After scoring 12 goals in the 2010-11 Champions League, Messi becomes the third player after Gerd MÃ¼ller and Jean-Pierre Papin to top-score in three successive European Champion Clubs' Cup campaigns. However, Messi is the first one to win the Champions League top scorer titles for three consecutive years after Champions League changed its format in 1992.
Messi had his most successful season of his playing career, the 2008-09 season, in which he scored 38 goals to play an integral part in a treble-winning campaign. This record breaking season was then eclipsed in the following 2009--10 campaign, where Messi scored 47 goals in all competitions, equalizing Ronaldo's record total for Barcelona. He surpassed this record in the 2010--11 season with 53 goals in all competitions.
Through the years, Messi has evolved from 'just' a classic dribbler to a massive goalscorer, and a playmaker with an amazing view for the game.
He has an outstanding ability to see a move before his opponent, only play the ball forward and has an impressive ability to either withdraw the entire defense from each other or just divide it up.
We're already comparing him to the biggest legends, and there is no doubt that he will posses the title as the best football player ever if he continues his career like he's done until now, with two Silver and one golden title as ''Fifa World Player Of The Year'', third, second and first place for the Ballon D'or and one FIFA Ballon D'or which he was the first to win in 2010. He has won a total of 63 individual Prices at the age of only 23(as of June 2011). His goals aint just easy tap-ins like Cristiano. He can score every kind of goal, long-distance shot, dribbling, team combined, chip shots and other spectacular kinds. He has also had an impressive time at the Argentinian National Team with the U21 World Cup won from which he scored 6 goals in 5 games and was awarded the Golden Shoe and the Golden Ball for best goalscorer and player of the Tournament. He played at his top at the 2006 and 2010 ten World Cups and won the Olympic Football Gold Medal in 2008 with the team. At Argentina he aint the same goalscorer, but has been played as a playmaker and has shown some spectacular dribblings and passes to help his many offensive star-teammates to score goals. It's expected that his national coach will play him as his new favourite roul as a striker, which is the possesion he changed to during the 09/10 Season at Barcelona.
In 2011/12 he is gone even better. It may sound impossible, but it's true. It looks as he continues his unbelievable goalscoring and assist records, while he keep on impressing with amazing moves. He started the season of with 4 goals and 3 assists in his first three games against Real Madrid and Porto. Halfway though the season he has been involved in 45 goals with 29 scored and 14 assisted. Amazing. Messi is without comparison clearly the best.