Here are three sentences whose words do not make justice for the magnitude of their content: A star is born in the depths of the molecular cloud. Neil Armstrong was walking down the moon. Lionel Messi knocked Poe Lopez with a 4-1 victory in Real Betis on Sunday
All three sentences are events that are remarkable on an intergalactic scale. They all note moments in which the aliens sitting peacefully in their suburban homes looked out of their Sunday newspapers and said, "Things have changed."
Although I do not have a telescope with sufficient force, I say that wherever they were football gods when they saw Messi score their third goal against Real Betis, each of them fell off their chairs. Those same football gods will forever annoy their friend, who, after the game won the 85th minute, appeared briefly and missed seeing it in real time.
Messi is interstellar. This chip against Betis, one of the three goals he scored on Sunday, is already heading to the end of our familiar universe, feverishly shared by WhatsApp groups by various crew members as their ships travel at a fast pace. Somewhere out there, on distant winds, whose inhabitants settled down to watch their favorite evening soap operas, the little transmission of Messi's chip just started. "I'm sorry," says the television operator, their voice suddenly so small and unusually hesitant. "When the planned programming is interrupted …"
Messi fucked Poe Lopez and we have to talk about what that means.
First, the chip itself does not belong to professional football. Professional football is a fast, fiercely athletic sport. It's war and thunder, storm and rage. This is rage and hurricane. One chip is nothing like that. Chip is a ball that swims through the sky with the same tenderness as a couple walking in the middle of summer along the coast. Chip does not belong to professional football, and that's why Messi put it there.
Messi broke Down Pope Lopez because it was the last thing the goalkeeper expected. Lopez, whom Messi had already defeated twice in this game, had probably predicted that when he arrived in the area to hit the ball, the winner would shoot low to one corner of the net. We know this because, by carefully scrutinizing cadres from the scene, Lopez moves forward, from his line, perhaps preparing to dive to his knees.
Lopez, a proffesional pro, puts his weight and inertia on his fingers, and perhaps ̵
That said, we should not regret the Low Lois. He is a well-paid professional, probably rewarded with a beautiful fashion for the services he provides to Real Betis. But it is easy to feel a weak element of sympathy for him.
When a goalkeeper watches a chip float over his head, he does so with a sense of hopelessness. At that moment, when Messi collected this pass and sent the chip that was rising in the air, Lopez knew it was happening. He was a miserable witness to his magnificent end.
Of course, when Messi did, he did something. few footballers can do that. If most other players try to make that shot, the goalkeeper ends up just taking him; or that, or the ball bears harmlessly over the bar. But Messi is obviously nothing like most of his colleagues. The chip requires mastering three specific techniques – rotation, precision, and masquerading – and Messi simultaneously calls them.
If you look at this goal again, of course, you will see at the moment of the impact that Messi's head was bent, with no indication what he would do next. He had cleared the ball for flight, and the air traffic controller had set his way through the sky. Then he applied the rotation – my God, the rotation! – Cutting your foot under the ball at such a speed that the movement must have cut the surrounding grass. And, of course, the ball, with the magnificent inevitability of our slowly dying sun, rose and fell.
In the whole universe all living creatures knew what they saw. Supervisor Thanos, now resting in his garden on the brink of creation, looked up sadly and complained: "Fear him. Escape him. Messi is still arriving. The home crowd at Betis, though opposed to Messi, made a gesture of the most moving beauty: they stood upright in applause, chanting his name. It's never easy to do when it's your favorite team, but they have to admit the grandeur they have witnessed with their own eyes.
They did it because Messi is superior. – a verb defined by the Merriam-Webster vocabulary as "rising above or exceeding borders". During this game, Messi surpassed football.
He was really something he had to see.
Of course, when she's out of the box, Messi is quite human: Just ask the tax. On the pitch, however, it is often supernatural and, against Bethes, it is more. In the Merriam-Webster dictionary, another definition of "transcendent" is useful – to be before, beyond, and beyond (universe or material existence) – and we can think Yes, yes, that is. was above and beyond the universe: it was interstellar.
Against Bethes Messi was not just a Lopez chip; he does not just walk on the moon. While standing there while we all admired the elegant bow of the ball, creators of our night sky ordered a new star on the holiday.