Trent Alexander-Arnold has praised Lionel Messi in a video interview with Goal. The Liverpool defender told that Messi can read defenders easily, and explained why he believes that the Argentine is the best player ever:
“Messi sees things quicker than anyone, he can read what a defender is going to do and just dribble past him as if he’s not even there. It’s like he’s playing against mannequins.”Trent Alexander-Arnold | Goal
“Messi has been doing things for 15 years that have never been seen before. He doesn’t have a weakness. There’s nothing I haven’t seen him do, and for that reason, he’s the best player ever.”
The last time Alexander-Arnold’s Liverpool faced the Argentine legend, however, they beat the opponent team with a humiliating 4-0 final score — in which Arnold took the cheeky corner to knock out Barcelona from the Champions League. Still, the 22-year-old admitted that you have to think about Messi all the time when facing him.
“Even if Messi’s not looking your way, you’re concentrating on him because he can see things that you can’t.”Trent Alexander-Arnold | Goal
Despite the fact that Messi has not shown his best version this season under Ronald Koeman yet, the reputation that the Argentine has built over the past 15 years still makes everyone appreciate his greatness.
Official: Lionel Messi named La Liga Player of the Month for February
2021 has treated Barcelona very well. They have picked up more points this year alone than they did from September to December, even after the inclusion of more competitions, like the Spanish Super Cup. This charge has been led by none other than the GOAT – Lionel Messi. The Argentine has been rewarded for the same as he picks up the La Liga Player of the Month for February.
Messi was nominated alongside Real Madrid’s Thibaut Courtois, Real Sociedad’s Aleksander Isak, Real Betis’ Nabil Fekir, Levante’s Jose Luis Morales, Sevilla’s Yassine Bounou, and Athletic Bilbao’s Alek Berenguer for the award, but tipped each one of them to win it. This comes on the back of a sensational performance stretching across five games where he scored seven goals (including two braces), and two assists.
With this win, the six-time Ballon d’Or winner has extended his own records of the most wins, with eight such trophies to his name now. What is surprising, though, is that Messi did not win the first of his January 2016, almost two years after the award was introduced in the league (November 2013). It is also his first win in over a year, with the last of these trophies coming to him in November 2019.
❗Official — Leo Messi has been named La Liga Player of the Month for February! pic.twitter.com/uvF6w8tU7Z— Barça Universal (@BarcaUniversal) March 5, 2021
In fact, no Barcelona player achieved this feat in 24 months despite winning the La Liga once by this time. Neymar was the first player from Barça to get his hands on the trophy for his remarkable form in November 2015.
Unsurprisingly, Luis Suarez has won the award four times himself, etching his name alongside his two partners in crime. His name is alongside Iago Aspas and Antoine Griezmann, sharing the runners up position in the pedestal for the second-most wins of the award. Sadly, the latter has not been able to mark any wins since joining Barcelona in 2019. Other than the incredible MSN, Ansu Fati is the only player from the Garnet and Blue to win the Player of the Month, sealing it for himself in September 2020.
Frenkie de Jong was within a real shout to win the award last month, but Youssef En-Nesyri’s incredible form for Sevilla could not be overlooked.