For those Newcastle fans who were lucky enough to watch the Barcelona - Arsenal game last night, saw a world-class performance from Argentine International Lionel Messi.
Lionel Messi – fantastic display last night
The 22 year-old scored all 4 goals for his club last night and put in a scintillating exhibition of dribbling and shooting skills. He was fantastic and even had me looking for my boots after the game.
Don’t anybody ever tell us again that a small guy cannot play center-forward – Messi is only 5’7″ tall and played central striker – and Barcelona never played any high ball into the box but played everything on the floor, but there again every Barcelona player has terrific ball skills.
So many would now say how much would a player like Messi be worth in the transfer market today – a lot of money is the answer. Maybe £70M?
So how much did Barcelona pay for this world-class player?
Barcelona spotted Messi when he was playing at Newells Old Boys in Rosario, from 1995-2000 – and he had joined his home town club when he was eight years old.
Barcelona’s world-wide scouting system spotted him in 2000, and signed him when he was 12 years old, and brought him to Barcelona in Spain.
And Messi, who already has 119 goals in 203 appearances for the Spanish La Liga side, (that’s not a typo), made his first team debut in 2004 when he was just 16.
Barcelona bring most of their players through their world-famous youth system.
The Barcelona system has been copied by Arsene Wenger at Arsenal and in fact Cesc Fabregas, the Arsenal captain, was signed by Arsenal when he was just 16 years old, from his home-town club Barcelona.
Another English club just two years ago, started to copy the Arsenal (and therefore the Barcelona) system, and we have to hope that Newcastle United can create some word-class players in the future – the near future.
That’s only one reason we don’t want to see 20 year-old Tamas Kadar leave this summer – we think this lad can become a top player in the near future.
We just have to hope in a few years time, that Newcastle can do the same thing, making their top stars rather than having to pay ridiculous sums of money for them, which is the way some clubs build their sides.
And an added advantage in creating you own top players, is that they are very loyal to the club, and we’ve seen how important this is this season.
We think Newcastle have a good long term strategy, and are on the right track, and we expect to see several youngsters join the Tyneside club in the summer.