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Guillem Balague blogs on Lionel Messi's record-breaking genius, plus the form of Falcao and Ozil
When Lionel Messi first arrived at Barcelona on trial at the age of 13 he already looked like a star in the making.Back to story
Alex Jones (Manchester United fan) says...
Hi Guillem Any truth in the meetings between Guardiola and Fergie ? What is your view on the chances of Guardiola taking over an Man Utd ? Thanks Alex
Posted 11:37 13th December 2012
Mohammed yusuf Dalal (Preston North End fan) says...
Hi! I just wanted to ask you to investigate the record of Zambian played Godfrey Chitalu who scored 107 goals in 1972, the same year Mueller scored his record tally of goals. Messi's record should not stand since Godfrey Chitalu scored more goals than him in a calender year. Fifa are investigating the complaint made by the Zambia FA and they are looking for the evidence. What is your opinion on this matter? Messi's record should not stand.
Posted 21:51 12th December 2012
Aidan Duke (Liverpool fan) says...
In your view.Who are the three most likely players who will make the switch from La Liga to the Premier league?and out of those three who do you think would have the biggest impact?
Posted 11:54 12th December 2012
Sai Karthik (Manchester United fan) says...
I really feel bad for Sneijder. He was robbed off a great honor like the Ballon d'Or. It has become as if the Ballon d'ór is awarded to the most talented football player rather than the best performing player that year. If this continues to be the case, then it is pretty much a foregone conclusion that it'll be a two-horse race every year just like the la liga title race is.
Posted 09:33 12th December 2012
Marcin Gargala (Barcelona fan) says...
Hi Guillem, The methods of the editors of one of the most "respectable" newspapers in Spain - Marca- amazes me. Firstly , they only give one goal to Messi name in a game against Bilbao altough officialy it stands as 2 goals, On the day when all the world was talking about Messi's record breaking 86 goals in a calendar year , according to Marca - Messi only scored 85 goals , so from they point of view no record broken yet. So what has Marca done ? After reviewing Muller's goals , they decided to bring his tally down to 84 claiming that his goal in an international match vs Russia was an own goal! Therefore according to Marca , Messi beat the record having scored 85 goals!! This newspaper has lost it's credibility in my eyes. What is your comment on that ? Now, isn't it a
Posted 08:49 12th December 2012
Trevor Vaughan (Manchester United fan) says...
I've a question, Take penalties out of the equation, how does Messi and Mullers records compare?
Posted 20:26 11th December 2012
Fraz Bari (Real Madrid fan) says...
Fantastic idea to put on Ballon D'or information Guillem! Really great to know! My question is: Despite Barcelona's statistics in the recent years, Is Barcelona really that good how people mention it and compliment it? Is it really the best team in history? Because, there have been many teams in the past as well enjoying glory in it's own days, e.g. the Cruyff Dream Team, Di Stefano's Real Madrid etc. Did they also get the praise of today's Barcelona and do they deserve it today?
Posted 13:16 11th December 2012
Arinze Okonkwo (Arsenal fan) says...
Regarding the voting for the Ballon D'Or, I suppose it is a question of whether votes being cast are recognising players and managers who have excelled in the period under question - or whether the best players and managers in that period are being recognised regardless of how much they have won. I suspect FIFA would tell you that the former is what they recognise, even though history suggests the voting colleges recognise the latter. It explains why Henry never won either the World Player of the year of Ballon D'Or, while Michael Owen won the Ballon D'Or in 2001. I also do not think it matters whether you win things or not in the year under review to be considered for such honours. In 2012, where the likes of Salomon Kalou, Ryan Bertrand, Oriel Romeu and Fernando Torres won both the Champions League and FA Cup, you would be hard-pressed to find anyone who accepts that either of these players have had a better year than Messi. Overall, nobody can question Ferguson being named as one of the final contenders. For the past 15 years, he has been one of the top 3 managers in the world. This is coming from an Arsenal fan by the way.
Posted 11:28 11th December 2012
Ed Wright (Arsenal fan) says...
Hi Guillem, Re Falcao, Is he not one of these players that is great against teams below the top 6 a la Gareth Bale, But when it comes to the crunch games against the better teams he is found wanting? I have watched him recently against Real and he was anonymous and again last time out against Barca. He is scoring for fun yes, but for me he hasn't done it against the best yet, and with teams looking to part with ¿50m + for him, he could be a gamble come Champions League time.
Posted 09:52 11th December 2012
George Araklitis (Tottenham Hotspur fan) says...
Hi Guillem. Llorente came out saying that he will leave in the summer. But would Bilbao allow him to leave in January for a fee? If so which clubs are leading the chase. I would love to see him at White Hart Lane. Thanks. George
Posted 09:42 11th December 2012
Richard Roberts (Everton fan) says...
Hi Guillem. As an Everton fan i'm a big admirer of Mikel Arteta. Why do you think he's never been given a chance by Spain? He and Xabi Alonso are a little bit like De Niro and Pacino for me and while Alonso was at Liverpool it was the opinion of many that Arteta was out performing his good friend Alonso. Fortunately for Alonso though, Liverpool were in the champions league then and Alonso was part of the team when they won it. Do you think though had Arteta been lucky enough to be playing in the champions league at the same time, would he maybe have been given the chance by Spain?
Posted 09:42 11th December 2012
Conor Smyth (Celtic fan) says...
Guillem, in researching your Guardiola book, and spending time with the man himself, di you get any indication of his preferred destination for his next job? He strikes me as a guy who keeps his cards close to his chest but i sense he would like a challenge, and while guiding City to a European Cup or revitalising a mediocre Milan team would represent one, do you feel his skills would best be suited to Arsenal? They seem to have a similar ethos and youth infrastructure to Barca, are London-based etc... and if the possibility was touted, Wenger might be reciprocal to the idea?? Thanks Conor
Posted 09:27 11th December 2012
Tim Bedwell (Everton fan) says...
Hi Guillem, Are you suprised at the impact that Michu and Pablo Hernandez have had for Swansea in the Premiership considering their limited impact in La Liga? Cheers Tim
Posted 08:42 11th December 2012
Marsel Konomi (Barcelona fan) says...
Hi Guillem, nice to read your blogs as always. I have a remark though. I don't think Cristiano would fit very well as number 9. A number nine has very narrow spaces and he is not as good as we expect from him (or other great number 9 such as Falcao) dealing with narrow spaces and being surrounded by all sides from opponents. He needs the space to exploit his speed and he is not very technical if he cannot use his pace for disorienting his opponents
Posted 08:24 11th December 2012
Khaled Ibrahim (Real Madrid fan) says...
Hey Guillem, Always look forward to reading your posts, and hopefully we'll find away to get revista shown in Kuwait. My question is in regards to the consequences of having Ronaldo in Real Madrid. Ronaldo is always going to be in the lineup because of his talent and the marketing and financial aspects to it, however i believe that only without the Ronaldo type player ( mandatory starting lineup super media attention arrogant portrayl etc...) will Real Madrid truly evolve and devlop as a team, allowing more focus to be on the team and other supremly talented players (Ozil, Benzema di Maria Higuain etc...) & also allow players to play roles that suit their style more hence getting thebest out of them and not have to shuffle around to see what will best suit Ronaldo. Do you think Real Madrid can only develop as a team and will other players finally play to their best abilities had the Ronaldo Situation not been, and would you happen to know whats up with his horrible dribbling? Thank You!
Posted 07:32 11th December 2012
Lee Pritchard (Manchester United fan) says...
Hi Guillem, is there any truth in any interest from Manchester United in Athletic Bilbaos Oscar De Marcos? thanks
Posted 23:27 10th December 2012
Stephan Dsouza (Real Madrid fan) says...
Hi Guillem , This is a question all the way from India . I wanted to know about Dimaria . Is he considered to be an integral part of the Madrid Line Up cos i Find him to be very Subdued . Do you think that he can come close to The role Ronaldo plays if Ronaldo Leaves . Or what is his future with Bale Rumours floating . Thanks a lot
Posted 22:33 10th December 2012
Ryan Johnson (Liverpool fan) says...
Hi Guillem, Liverpool are in desperate need of a clinical finisher and attacking winger. Being only 4 points off the Champions League places can Liverpool still attract any stars such as Llorente or Cavani in January (Suarez may influence the move)? Having signed Nuri Sahin on loan will Rogers continue to bring in quality instead of quick fixes? I'm sure if they buy a world class player even on loan they will be competing for a Champions League spot.
Posted 20:13 10th December 2012
Samuel Mancha (Manchester United fan) says...
Messi is gud no doubt about that bt y favouring only barca why not madrid
Posted 19:23 10th December 2012
John White (Real Madrid fan) says...
Do you think that Barcelona's and Real Madrid's young starts Deulofeu and Jesé Rodriguez will live up to the hype?
Posted 18:48 10th December 2012