Arsenal FC’s just-returned-from-injury striker Danny Welbeck and of course football idol, genius, demi-god Lionel Messi of Barcelona FC unequivocally get this one for their awesome feats last weekend in their respective football leagues.
Welbeck had been injured for over nine months having suffered a serious knee injury in April 2015. As we all know, the EPL title race has been and remains an intriguing affair this season with ‘surprise package’ Leicester City topping the table all season long and the likes of Arsenal, Man City and Tottenham playing catch-up.
During the match – that looked like a title-decider – between Arsenal and Leicester City, at the end of regulation time in fact when the final whistle was about being blown, Welbeck who had come on earlier headed home a last-gasp winner off a Mesut Ozil free-kick to give the Gunners a 2-1 victory over 10-man Leicester City. Now, it is just two points that separates Leicester City, on one hand, and Arsenal/Tottenham on the other hand. Title race has been blown open courtesy of Welbeck’s winner.
On Lionel Messi’s part, with 299 La Liga goals scored for Barcelona so far and a milestone 300th staring him at the face; he won a penalty against Celta-Vigo at the Camp Nou. Rather than play it and probably scored to reach the milestone, he did extraordinary stuff: Instead of shooting at goal, Messi cheekily passed his spot-kick forward allowing team-mate Luis Suarez (who already had a brace) to run on and convert thereby completing his hat-trick on the night. A breathtaking piece of play it was from the pair with even coach Luis Enrique not appearing to have been in on the idea. The goal is sure to go down as one of the sport’s most memorable penalties in years to come.
Messi, apart from being humble to a fault, has for the umpteenth time shown his selfless nature. Ordinarily, any other player would have aimed to score the penalty in order to reach the 300 mark and not care whether his team-mate gets a hat-trick or not. Interestingly and fortunately for him, in the next match against Sporting Lisbon, he did score his 300th and 301st goal.
Again, the penalty itself has been a subject of argument among soccer faithfuls around the globe. A faction are of the view that it is proper and within the law of football and this group back it up with the fact that legends of the game have attempted such in the past. The opposing faction feel that it should have been taken the way a standard penalty kick is taken and not in that fashion which made it look like a free-kick. I think I’m on the side of the opposing group.
Notwithstanding, for Welbeck’s face-saving winner and Messi’s altruism, it’s a big THUMBS UP from CAB to the duo.