King Kun? Messi shows him who’s boss

October 6, 2008

Don’t Mess-i with me!

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


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Maradona’s daughter is actually pregnant with Aguero’s child. Now that kid will be a good player…

Posted by Mark Meadows | Report as abusive

Barcelona were just thrilling to watch against Atletico. Messi may or may not be the best in the world but he’s one of the most exiting players, one who leaves you with heart in mouth a lot of the time.

Posted by nik lauder | Report as abusive

That kids also only going to be about 3 foot 1 and have a Grandfather who is hooked on more than Werthers originals – so I guess these things tend to even themselves out

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They’ll never be as good as Henry, the greatest non-bench warming player ever.

Posted by Hans Moman | Report as abusive

iam for lio

Posted by akaral | Report as abusive

Aguero is indeed a sight to watch on the pitch, however, will he be able to excite as his youth matures? im speaking of brains along with youthful exuberance.. Aguero is missing the most important element that makes Messi so special.. so hypnotic.. his class of play.. Messi is truely the heir to argentine football.

Posted by ronnie b | Report as abusive

messi is obviously not the the heir to marodona… in fact why are they even comparing the two. messi is in a differnt class of his own way above maradona. maradona was a freaking drug addict and he was not even that good.

Posted by Adrian | Report as abusive