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The staticians over at Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight analyze Lionel Messi.

By now I’ve studied nearly every aspect of Messi’s game, down to a touch-by-touch level: his shooting and scoring productionwhere he shoots from;how often he sets up his own shotswhat kind of kicks he uses to make those shotshis ability to take on defendershow accurate his passes arethe kind of passes he makeshow often he creates scoring chanceshow often those chances lead to goalseven how his defensive playmaking compares to other high-volume shooters.

And that’s just the stuff that made it into this article. I arrived at a conclusion that I wasn’t really expecting or prepared for: Lionel Messi is impossible.



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