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My Trip To See Lionel Messi

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It’s not often you get to see the world’s best player live in action.  It’s even more rare to watch the world’s best player when he’s not even from this country.

On Saturday night, I got to watch Lionel Messi live in person and the striker from Argentina didn’t disappoint.

Brian Cady and I went with the Bethlehem Soccer Club to watch the U.S. National Team take on the Argentina National Team in a friendly match at the Meadowlands.  A sold-out crowd of nearly 80,000 saw a great game that ended in a 1-1 draw but Messi stole the show.

The 5-5 striker, who plays professionally for Barcelona was the best player (in any sport) that I’ve seen in person.  He’s so amazing with the ball, it just seems illegal.  I don’t think there was one time I saw Messi make a mistake or lose the ball to a defender.

In the first half, he set up Argentina’s only goal in the game as he zipped by defenders and put the ball in the middle that was eventually sent home past US Goalkeeper Tim Howard. 

It was a great atmosphere to watch as the sellout crowd had plenty of US fans.  It’s not often that Argentina plays in the United States and they had their share of supporters as well.

Check out my gallery of photos and if you ever have the chance, please watch Lionel Messi – he’s worth every bit of the price of admission.






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