King Kun? Messi shows him who’s boss
It was the battle between the young pretender and the crown prince but there was to be no revolution, just wonderful football.
Atletico Madrid’s hot-shot striker Sergio Aguero has stolen all the headlines in recent months and has quickly been compared to Barcelona’s Lionel Messi. A match-winning display in March’s 4-2 win over Barca further boosted Aguero’s profile.
The Argentine pair clashed again on Saturday and this time Messi won hands down, scoring one and being involved in a lot more as Barca romped to a 6-1 victory having been 3-0 up inside eight minutes.
The performance harked back to the glorious period which Barca enjoyed before winning the 2006 Champions League. Pace, movement, intelligence and a sparks of brilliance from Messi.
Aguero hardly got a kick and was taken off early in the second half.
The Atletico forward, nicknamed El Kun because of a likeness to Japanese cartoon character Kum Kum, is soon to become Diego Maradona’s son-in-law but Messi remains the true heir to the Argentine great.
PHOTO: Barcelona’s Lionel Messi gestures to coach Josp Guardiola as he celebrates his goal against Atletico Madrid during their Spanish first division match at the Nou Camp, Oct. 4. REUTERS/Gustau Nacarino