The psychology of Messi and adoration – Barcelona Football Blog
Lionel Messi is the most adored player ever in my years loving this crazy game. Everyone wonders what the game will do when it leaves, where the arguments will come from, or the highlights. One strange thing going on right now is the making of an agenda against Messi, not only in the wake of […]

Lionel Messi is the most adored player ever in my years loving this crazy game. Everyone wonders what the game will do when it leaves, where the arguments will come from, or the highlights.

One strange thing going on right now is the making of an agenda against Messi, not only in the wake of the infamous Burofax, but more recently with people pointing to a short clip of him in no rush as time goes on. elapsed against Dynamo Kyiv. And people have rushed to his defense against those who would tarnish his honor by pointing out that Messi is in no rush, and swinging against agendas, and talking about how people 'hate' him.

When Quique Setien's now infamous quotes came out, people once again jumped in defense of Messi and all angelic things, taking up arms to fight the 'anti-Messi agenda'.

There is no anti-Messi agenda. Messi has been walking since around 2010, and people are pointing that out. It doesn't mean they hate him, just that they point something at. The very notion of hate, or being a hater, needs to be rethought, mainly because hate is a strong word, even though slang has sterilized it to mean being a detractor. Pointing out something and asking a question isn't really “hate” or even slight dislike. It's just a question.

Luis Enrique's 2015 team won a hat-trick with Messi walking. Ernesto Valverde has won the league title twice with Messi walking around like a flaneur in the countryside. Barça do not win because Messi is walking around. Barca are not winning because everything around Messi has declined to the point that Messi's walk is a bigger problem than it should be. "The team would be better if Messi pressed." Guardiola has found a way to play the most beautiful and successful football in the history of the game with Messi walking around. It shouldn't bother any of us that he's walking around. It's the rest of the things that should. Age, indiscipline, the absence of a coherent tactical plan, the geezers frozen in ink that dot the XI with their rampant decrepitude.

Yet folks, whenever someone remotely asks something that is considered negative about Messi, people storm the ramparts to throw stones at his army of detractors. No.

But that's because Messi is so beloved that anything that isn't “He farts rainbows” at all is considered “OMIGOD, why do you all hate Leo ?!” Heroes are strange things. We need it in every corner of our life. Politics, human rights, sports, heroes are a fundamental part of the ambitious side of human nature that wants good things. Every time Messi touches the ball, always, even in his endowment, we are waiting for something incredible to happen. He's taken from behind more easily, dispossessed more easily, hasn't scored an open play in ages, but for us he's That Messi. Will always be. We need heroes. And we also need to struggle with things, so we create things. It is human nature.

It has been said before and bears repeating. Messi doesn't need anyone to defend him. Messi is fine. His status in the game is secure. What is not certain is love. Love needs like spirits, love needs support for its worship. Love needs to leap up in defense of someone or something that does not need to be defended, for the affirmation of legions rushing to support the defender. “These people are crazy. The D10S is the best. And all is well with the world again, though it never was.

Something beautiful is happening with Messi right now, however, as he becomes human. Messi was a reliable human reel. He didn't speak, we only saw social media snippets of a perfect life, with adorable kids and the good, huge, adorable dog. But suddenly, gradually, culminating with the Burofax episode that rocked the summer, Messi is now a bit of one of us. He hates his boss, wants a better place to work but worries about moving his family, finally finds a reason to stay put after all. He publicly growls about his boss, is irregular in his performance at work. It was amazing to watch.

Those who know me know that I am not a fan of any player, but the Messi man is much nicer. When he said “Hey. Close your hole. "the first time a board member whispered something in public it was a delight. He corrected Abidal about work ethic, gave interviews, became increasingly vocal as that shy kid from Rosario was becoming the captain's armband, and then came the Burofax, something still misunderstood, and a gesture some of us choose to interpret as being done out of self-love and love for the club.

I have long claimed that Messi knows his abilities better than anyone and was not going to stay at Barca a second after him thinking he could reach his own standard. It is easy, looking back on events, to wonder if he knew and understood this time. Looking at his game this season, a lot is clear. At first, many contributed to the mental attitude. Nope. But it's this visible decline that makes Messi even more human and makes his worshiping legions even more susceptible to a disheartening word.

When Messi left the defenses for dead, smashing free kicks with glee, distributing telepathic passes and raising hell on the pitch, who needed to say anything? Look at the. It's beautiful when heroes get older, as long as they're allowed to age properly. Sean Connery, who recently passed away, hasn't spent his entire film career playing James Bond at different stages in the super agent's life. He moved on to a series of roles that made the most of where he was right now. Messi tried to do it this summer. Bartomeu didn't let him, and people didn't want Bartomeu to let him either, even though they should have.

When Michael Jordan came back from retirement, wearing a different jersey on a different team, that was wrong. And weird. And damaging. Jordan, always tuned in to his legacy, interrupted this experience before doing too much damage. It was the right thing to do. Psychologically, we want our heroes to never age, even as they do. But there is little we can do to make up for the droops of our worshiping heads. And that's where love and psychology come in. Instead of having haters, it seems from here that Messi has never been more worshiped than he is right now, even if any part of this worship is tinged with sadness. If your heart hasn't collapsed in the laid-back way of Sergio Ramos who dispossessed Messi at the end of the Classic, you are not human. But we still hold on to the things we love most closely by feeling them drift away. It is also part of being human.

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You are not going to win every bet, if you want to become successful at betting on football you need to be patient and pick the right bets for you. Never bet more than you can afford to loseBefore I place a bet I always think about the money I am going to be placing on it and think, if I were to lose this money right now would I be OK with that. If the answer is no I won’t place the bet.

They are too unpredictable, you don’t know how much effort the respective teams are putting in and reserve players may get an outing that you weren’t counting on. If the friendlies are before the start of a new season ( they often are ) players will be very aware to not pick up any injuries so might not play as as they normally do.

What I mean by this is that two teams can look a certain way on paper, but if one of those teams has already won the league and the other is fighting to stay in the league there is a very good chance that the team good on paper will be on auto pilot whilst the team playing to stay out of relegation is going to be fighting for their life !

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