Lionel Messi Has a New Look, But it Is Still the Same Dominant Player


Messi Mallorca

Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona is on during The la Liga match between RCD Mallorca and FC Barcelona, on June 13, 2020.

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The spain first division football league, La Liga returned to action this week, which means that the process of Barcelona and Lionel Messi would be back in action for the first time in three months. The club’s first game back saw travel to the island of Mallorca, and Messi picked back up where he left off before the pandemic break, with a new dorkier look:

Truth be told, it is never embarrassing to get dominated by Messi, one of the largest, if not the greatest, football players to play the game, but there must be a suspicion of shame about Mallorca players on two assists and a goal to a guy who looks like a substitute teacher. The absence of the beard is more a matter of personal preference — some like it clean-shaven, Messi, while others prefer the full beard of a GOAT, but the hair is much too reminiscent of his younger, less fashionable days to be a good choice.

Regardless, Messi is first, to help the day use that the new head of hair, as he touched the ball with his head into the path of Martin Braithwaite, giving the Dane his first Barcelona goal since he joined the team in February. A help of his usual partner-in-goals from Jordi Alba has followed, before Messi grabbed her a last minute goal with his weaker right foot to make the final score 4-0 to the league-leading Catalan side.

If you have love or hate, the new Messi look, more than 90 minutes on Saturday, he showed that his choice of style do not affect the truth in football: when Barcelona plays, Messi is the best player on the field. He proved it again with a simple exposure of the domination, and Barcelona, to only four points ahead of its eternal rival Real Madrid in la Liga, he needs to continue to do the rest of the way.

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