Messi, the ‘golden boy’ story has two more steps left

Lionel Andrés Messi is an Argentine professional footballer

Dadi’s love means forgiveness of seven murders. The grandson will want something and it will not happen, how does it happen!


Celia’s younger grandson also wanted to be a footballer. Who gave the most affection from the family? Celia of course. His grandson still looks up at the sky and acknowledges his gratitude for the blessing. A footballer’s most desired moment—no one else in the family is there. The suspicion thus becomes darker. Behind the miracle is actually love, or need?


Let’s explain the incident. Salvador Ricardo Apricio was Grandoli’s junior coach at the time. Team ’86 (a team made up of freshmen born in 1986) will play the match. One less in the team. did not arrive Meanwhile, time is running out. What to do…what to do, Salvador wondered, noticing a weasel playing with a ball against the wall in the corner of the field. Younger in age, smaller in stature than his players.


Not far away sat the wee’s grandmother Celia. He regularly brought his two grandsons to Grandoli to practice every Tuesday and Thursday. Salvador claims, telling the wee’s mother didn’t work; In fact, mothers never agree to let them play with adults. Later, he persuaded Celia and took the 5-year-old boy into the team.

The boy’s family has a different take. Seeing one player less in the team, Celia advocated to take his little grandson, “Take him, the game will be amazing.” Salvador muttered a little and forced to the request, “Okay, but I’m playing him next to the touchline.” If you cry, you can take it to yourself.

There is no disagreement about the latter. However, a part of Jonathan Wilson’s writing in the Guardian was handed over to Santa Fe, Argentina—

There is no doubt about what happened on the dusty field of Rosario that day. Big jersey, got the first pass right foot. Gives to another. He started dribbling as soon as he got the next one on his left foot. Celia’s words about that dribbling are as follows – “He did it as if he was born to do it.”


Wilson wrote, ‘The spectators in the field that day saw a miracle. Yes, Pea bee is the one with the dusty face, bright eyes and ball-footed desire to conquer the world. Wilson did not write this. He wrote ‘Here was a Peebe in action.’ The description refers to the avatar of ‘Plebe’ in Argentinian football, best represented by Diego Mara Dona. Then it’s his time. Yet that day people saw the form of ‘El Pibe’ in that boy too. The boy’s name is Lionel Messi.

Argentine football broke the chains of British discipline in the first decade of the 20th century. At the lowest level of society, the movement of art-technique begins with the ball.

In the 1940s, that influence grew to such an extent that sport became a matter of enjoyment, of pleasure. Domestically, some teams’ forward lines were also called ‘ballet’ teams. This Argentinian style of the game is also given a name. The name stands for Argentine ‘identity’ or spirit free from British influence. The magazine ‘El Graffito’, which started its journey in 1919, did the job of keeping this spirit alive.


They spread the ‘criollo style’ style of play. The criollo style is characterized by the way soccer is played in small spaces between buildings (potreros) in the city. Journalist Ricardo Lorenzo ‘Boroccoto’ demanded to transform this spirit into a human-like sculpture. In 1928, the editor of ‘El Graphico’ also wrote about how the mansaputra of Kalpana would look like.


The fabled son of Argentine football-consciousness is ‘El Pibe’, ‘The Kid’ in English. Borocoto wrote, ‘A young lad with a dirty face, uncombed hair, but eyes full of intelligence and tact…a picture-perfect smile…wearing Argentine stripes. , some places eaten by rats…wounds on the knees…bare feet…balls of cloth under feet, standing in a dribbling pose…someday when such a sculpture is built, many of us will probably take off our hats and show respect, which is done in church.’


Argentinian tango singer Reinalde Yoso wrote a song called ‘The Dream of El Pibe’ in 1943. Where a boy tells his mother about his dream of becoming a footballer. Maradona sang this tango on TV before going to the 1982 World Cup. The line ‘One day I’ll be like Baldonedo, Martino, Boe’ changes to ‘One day I’ll be like Maradona, Kempes, Olguin.’


Maradona is the best personification of ‘El Pibe’. Poverty, unimaginable talent in street football, no regard for rules, independent on the ball, joyful and endlessly creative above all, living the ‘promise’ of Argentine football, but flawed in personal life; Maradona (El Pibe de Oro or Golden Boy) brought Argentina 86 by fulfilling all the conditions of ‘Pibe’. That run down the right against England, past defender after defender through very small spaces, that was Potreros’ game. The goal against Belgium. Knitting round with a skillful needle in a very short space. In other words, Carlos Bilardo’s remaining 10 was a diversion of Maradono’s potreros game.


Such is the story of Juan Roman Riquelme, Carlos Tevez, Sergio Aguero. In his spare time, he would go down with his friends to play potreros. Despite being professionals, they also took the childlike joy of independent, creative play like ‘Pebe’. And Messi?


He is also another Pibe. Even the biggest cynic would say, he never stopped trying. Even though he moved to Spain at a young age, his previous life was that of Potreros. From the start of his run from Camp Nou to the ball, the joy, the unforgettable moments of freedom and defiance; The root of everything is there! With defenders in front of the box surrounded by defenders in front of the box, his every move is a form of freedom for ‘Pebe’ to break free, or to come up a little further back, to lean in with the ball at his feet for more time, that is ‘gambeta criollo’ – showing what he can do with the ball at his feet as much as possible. The name is given by Borokoto.


Messi’s life on the field is to walk on the ball. In the 2007 Copa del Rey semi-final, Maradona returned the ‘goal of the century’ with a crooked run through the right side of Hetaf. He also recalled the disobedience of ‘Pebe’ that same year, with a ‘Hand of God’ return against Espanyol in the league. Or in another sense, Messi has put the question, is not the same as the best portrait of Pib? Then running mile after mile, past defender after defender, Messi can now see the goal line. Only two more steps!


That day, the pass against the Netherlands in the quarter-finals of the World Cup, that is the summary of the game of ‘Pebe’. He was running with a defender in front. A narrow channel behind that defender, Nahuel Molina will get the ball in that direction. Defenders in front and behind him. The biggest problem is Messi’s front defender. Anyone else might have taken the game back or tried to cut the bigger defender. But ‘peabes’ are not like that. There is less space in the alleys, and the opponents are not less, which has to be done smartly. Messi also gave the ‘Pannamove’ (nutmeg) pass, the ball passed between the two legs of the front defender right in front of Molina!


Maradona didn’t make it to ’90 from ’86. Messi failed in 2014 and came to 2022 very close to fulfilling his hopes. Can you pass the last two steps? If you can’t!

However, Messi will remain “Pebe”. As Carlos Valderrama (El Pibe) in Colombia. Argentine poet and musician Paul Marchetti wrote about Messi in the tango song ‘More Than a Crack’, ‘El Pibe/With the shirt of Barca number 10/…El Pibe/With the one that says Messi/Carry the ball….’

Omar Chivori…Omar Corbatta…Mario Kempes…Diego Maradona’s feet turn now Messi’s feet. The addiction of world victory with sparkling eyes. And a beautiful smile like a picture, let that be the last two steps.


After patting Celia and Salvador on the back, Maradona himself might say, ‘El pibe de oro is back!’


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