Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi scored three goals in his first match for Barcelona since he won his second consecutive FIFA Player of the Year award 10 January, the top prize in international soccer.  While the 23-year-old Messi found the net for Barcelona, he didn’t score at all for Argentina at last year’s World Cup in South Africa.  Messi described Argentina’s World Cup performance as his “one big regret” from 2010.

I didn’t get to vote for the 2010 FIFA Player of the Year, but I certainly would have given consideration to Uruguay’s Diego Forlan, who scored five goals in South Africa and was given the Golden Ball as the outstanding player at the monthlong tournament.

The World Cup is the pinnacle for any soccer player, and if you can’t score goals on your sport’s biggest stage, why should you be named football’s best player during the year the tournament is held?  Let me know what you think in the comments section and tell me who you would have voted for.