5 Top Football Players Who Idolize Lionel Messi

Lionel is one of the greatest players in the history of the game. He has scored goals and won trophies and medals aplenty during a nearly two-decade career for club and country. 

Messi, one of the last real one-club players, is now a free agent after his contract with Barcelona expired this summer.

However, given his achievements for the club, which include over 1000 goals and two continental trebles, the Copa America 2021 winner is anticipated to stay with the Blaugrana.  

Messi is adored all over the world for his soft-spoken demeanour and ability to create magic on the field of play.

That is evidenced by the fact that he has over 200 million Instagram followers, second only to Cristiano among football players.

On that note, it should come as no surprise that Lionel Messi is idolised by many big-name football players.

Ajax’s fairy-tale run from qualification to the 2018-19 Champions League semi-finals featured Frenkie de Jong as one of the standout players. 

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De Jong stated in an interview just prior to his move to Camp Nou that Messi was the reason he chose Barcelona as his next destination. 

De Jong has formed a promising partnership with Messi, which he hopes to continue if the Argentine signs a contract extension with the Blaugrana for the 2021-22 season. 

Alphonso Davies is the epitome of the rags-to-riches tale. Davies, who was born in Canada to Ghanian refugee parents, wowed with his footballing abilities and was quickly noticed by European heavyweights  

In the treble-winning season of 2019-20, the teenager was one of the star performances for the Bavarian giants.

Davies remembered how he made time to watch his favourite player Lionel Messi while in school in an interview ahead of Bayern Munich’s Champions League showdown with Barcelona. Davies aspires to lead Bayern Munich and win the Ballon d’Or like his idol Lionel Messi. 

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Christian Pulisic, a brilliant youth who established his reputation at Borussia Dortmund, is another player who idolises Lionel Messi. 

Last season, the 22-year-old, who is one of the most well-known American footballers in Europe, won the Champions League with .

Pulisic, who scored 19 goals in over 100 appearances for Borussia Dortmund in all competitions last season due to injuries, will hope for greater game time under Thomas Tuchel next season. 

Lautaro Martinez is one of the game’s top young strikers. Last season, he won his first Serie A title with Inter Milan, where he formed a deadly connection with Romelu Lukaku. 

The 23-year-old continued his outstanding form in Argentina colours, combining with captain Lionel Messi to devastating effect as the Albiceleste ended their near three-decade trophy drought at Copa America 2021.  

Martinez stated in a previous interview that Messi has aided him in improving his game. 

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Martinez was on the verge of joining Messi at Barcelona last summer, but the deal fell through. 

Barcelona won their second continental treble in 2014-15, with , Lionel Messi, and Luis Suarez forming a lethal attacking trio. 

On and off the field, the Brazilian, widely regarded as one of the best players in the game, has a terrific relationship with Messi. Neymar, who joined PSG four years ago, has always praised Messi, whom he refers to as his “friend and idol.” 

Neymar discussed how much he has gained from watching Messi play in an interview with NBA star Stephen Curry. The Argentine has been dubbed the ‘best player of all time.’ 

Neymar and Messi recently met in the Copa America 2021 final, where Argentina defeated Brazil by a solitary goal to win a record-tying 15th title in the competition.

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