On Saturday, FC Barcelona trounced Granada CF 6-0, and Argentine superstar Lionel Messi netted a brace and assisted twice, reaching a big milestone–his 400th career goal.
His close competitor Cristiano Ronaldo also starred for his squad, Real Madrid, as the La Liga giant faced Villarreal, a team two places behind Los Blancos in the league table. The 29-year-old buried a close-range shot to conclude the 2-0 scoreline, while Luka Modric notched the first score.
Both players are significant to their teams’ successes, and that reasoning led Barcelona coach Luis Enrique to an interesting comparison between the soccer phenoms and certain men in the American sports scene: former NBA legends Michael Jordan and Wilt Chamberlain.
He also praised Messi’s dual-threat abilities and said it’s almost as if the midfielder “has been touched by a magic wand.”
“If Cristiano Ronaldo is like Michael Jordan, then Messi is like Wilt Chamberlain, who scored 100 points in one game,” Enrique stated. “I considered taking Messi off to rest him, but watching him in action is such a big joy that I preferred to have him on the pitch for 90 minutes.
“He is very generous with his assists and it really is a joy to watch him. He has been touched by the magic wand. Messi scoring 400 goals? Most of us didn’t even score that many goals if we counted all those at school, on the streets, wherever…”