Six reasons why Lionel Messi is the world's best

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Lionel Messi celebrated another milestone -- his 28th birthday -- on Wednesday. To mark the occasions, here are the six things that make the Barcelona and Argentina star the best player on the planet, by a long distance.

Messi is pretty much infallible in front of goal and even on the rare occasion when he is off his game, he isn't afraid to continue attempting shots until he finally gets his reward -- as proved by the 261 shots he needed to score his 56 goals last season.


READ my full ESPN column "Six reasons why Lionel Messi is the world's best" here.

It's your turn


What do you think? Is the Messi-Ronaldo comparison still worth considering given Leo's impressive year? Were Diego Maradona and Pele truly better than Messi? I'd love to hear your views. Share your thoughts with our fellow Blaugranas in the comment box below.