Lionel Messi and the degree to which he is rated: it is perennial social-media gold, and folks seemingly never grow tired of swaying from either extreme with bewildering regularity.
But it was funny, because Messi was just being slammed for being ineffective and subdued. Oh, and overrated, of all things.
Why is Messi so quiet
— JustBein'Franck (@KidFranckie) June 21, 2014
Messi is overrated. That's the only good player on Argentinas team. Iran has Haghighi, Gucci, and Dejagah
— Sanam (@koskeshh) June 21, 2014
Most overrated EVER
Messi: most overrated player ever, great soccer player, but not the best — Jon (@Jonreyess) June 21, 2014
Messi and Di Maria. Both left footed players for Argentina. One looks average tonight and the other is Di Maria. — James Felton (@JamesFootball40) June 21, 2014
...But then he did something very special. Everyone hastily remembered that he is actually pretty good.
Think Messi could play against another team all by himself, blindfolded and with his legs tied together, win 5-0 and be called overrated. — Peter Charles (@peter27afcb) June 21, 2014
Anyone calling Messi overrated needs a cold drink and a rest
— Jesse James(Solomon) (@Jesstafariah) June 21, 2014
Not most overrated EVER
Just saw someone describe Messi as "the most overrated player of all time". 4 time Ballon D'or winner. Oh aye, definitely overrated. — Bray Wyatt (@WyattMUFC) June 21, 2014
Ah, I see people talking about Messi looking average again. Did ye learn nothing from the last match?...or, yano, the last six years? — Cian Fahey (@Cianaf) June 21, 2014
As for the World Cup record-equalling goalscorer Miroslav Klose? Well, he's nothing more than a glorified goal hanger who just bags a few tap-ins...
Yes, apparently it's an "absolute travesty" that Klose drew level with Ronaldo on 15 World Cup goals. We can think of a few worse things in life, but hey...
— Beren Cross (@BerenCross) June 21, 2014
Klose with the worst flip celebration I have ever seen. EVER. Also with a horrible goal hanger goal as well. — Dog Wears Mac n Cap (@janniky) June 21, 2014
Don't compare ronaldo and klose. Difference is everyone remembers ronaldo coz he was class, klose just a goal hanger
— Dane Moores (@dane_moores) June 21, 2014
— ESPN.co.uk (@ESPNUK) June 21, 2014
And what about good old Adrian Chiles? Well, he came in for a lot of stick again after trying to claim Messi's match-winning effort for his employers.
Adrian Chiles "Messi scored that because ITV doesn't do 0-0s" — Ryan Watkins (@RyanWatkins20) June 21, 2014
Adrian Chiles " someone told Messi that here in ITV we don't do 0 - 0 draw "..Dear lord this guy is beyond dreadful. — Dilip (@tifosiguy) June 21, 2014
Then he made a few more casual references to England having it hard compared to other nations at the World Cup, which was not particularly well received.
It would be so amazing if Iran won this. Especially since Adrian Chiles has been so demeaning to them during the studio chat
— PJ O'Reilly (@TheFatConsoler) June 21, 2014
"These chances for Iran, if they were against England they would've gone in. But because it's Argentina they don't." Adrian Chiles, 2014. — Dave Tickner (@tickerscricket) June 21, 2014
Ah well, this is Overreaction Theatre, after all. That was, Overreaction Theatre, we should say. Until next time...
- Sports & Recreation
- Lionel Messi
- Miroslav Klose
- Adrian Chiles