Lionel Messi is a pure genius when it comes to playing football. He can do anything with the ball under his feet. Have you watched the Argentine closely? La Pulga appears to be avoiding the ball and stays very inactive in the first five minutes of the game. Most players always press high on the pitch during the first 5 minutes but this case is different for Lionel Messi.
Most football managers would shout at any player who walks on the pitch. Me personally, my coach would rant at me and tell me to run very fast. But Lionel Messi's case is very different.
Today, we'll be looking at the main reasons why Lionel Messi avoids the ball in the opening five minutes. We will look in to details what's going on his brain during this phase.
1. Keeping his heartbeat rate down
During the opening 5 minutes, Lionel Messi walks around the pitch instead of sprinting. This helps him to stay calm and avoiding making rash decisions. By doing so, he will stay focused and composed in the game.
2. Scanning and analyzing the opponents strengths and weaknesses
The Argentine is a football genius. In the first five minutes, there is a lot of things running in Lionel Messi's brain. He is scanning the pitch and identifies the opponents' weaknesses
As a leader in the attack, Messi then disseminates the information to his teammates through his dribbling moves and acute passing.
In 2017, Lionel Messi had the least runs across Barcelona and Real Madrid players and this has become his habit up to date.
Does it work?
Of course yes. To Lionel Messi, this has paid off. The Argentine has won 6 Ballon D'Or trophies and other accolades under his name. After the first five minutes, Messi always detect the games tempo especially in the attacking phase. He is a genius and gifted. Very different from other players!
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