We all have a favorite soccer player. My favorite soccer player is Lionel Messi. Messi is a genius when it comes to soccer.
He can make complex things look easy, but he can also simplify the game.
In this post, I'll share three skills I've learned from watching Messi.
The 1-2 Pass
Let's get started!
1. The 1-2 Pass
Messi is a master of the 1-2 pass or pass and move. No one does it better than him. He runs through the defense at will all with a simple 1-2 pass.
This is something I try to apply to my game as a soccer player. Sometimes a quick 1-2 pass is all you need to beat a defender.
In fact, I wrote a whole post on this one subject because I think it's something that's really valuable.
If you watch Messi, you know this is one of his greatest strengths. He passes the ball and he moves into space. If you can apply this to your game it will help you attack more effectively.
This is another area where Messi is king. He scores goals. He knows how to finish.
For some reason, I've always found that left footed players are great finishers. Messi is undoubtedly one of the best finishers in the game.
He's scored over 700 goals for his club and country and in 2012 he scored 91 goals in one calendar year!
That's just crazy. He's played with some great players who can assist like no other. Players like Xavi and Iniesta. However, he still had a lot to do to finish those plays and he has always finished well his entire career.
Not to mention his free kicks...👀
3. Body Feints
The other thing that Messi does well is body feints. Have you ever seen Messi do a step over? I haven't.
Most of the time is just a change of pace or a body feint. He uses his size and agility to his advantage and his body feints are world class.
He also uses quick cuts and simple touches to put the defender off balance.
He makes it look all too easy!
Messi is my favorite player. His skill is amazing and he knows how to finish! There will never be another player like him, but it doesn't hurt to try! 🙂
Who's your favorite soccer player? Let me know in the comments below!