In Soccer, Size is Not Everything

Alexi Lalas told The Big Lead yesterday, he believed Landon Donovan was “one of the Top 20 players in the world.”  That’s nutty.  But, so were comments he made on The B.S. Report.  Lalas told Simmons “height” was becoming a more prevalent issue in soccer and that diminutive talents like Leo Messi were “a dying breed.”

Soccer players, as with all athletes, are becoming bigger, faster and stronger than before (through unnatural means?), but that does not give a team a decisive advantage.

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Who Are The Best Five Soccer Players In the World?

leomessi-botasESPN pulled amiable scamp Tommy Smyth from inside a bottle of Jameson’s to give his top five soccer players in the world last night (Messi, Ronaldo, Kaka, Iniesta, Rooney). We figured we would take a crack at the question ourselves, though our criteria was what player we would start a team with, rather than who will attract an American viewer.

Lionel Messi (Barcelona, Argentina): Finally healthy, Lionel Messi fulfilled his talent, as the world’s best player… (Continued)