Grading The Stars: Lionel Messi, Paris Saint-Germain – There’s just something about the stars. They’re mesmerizing. Whether it’s the stars in sports, entertainment or in the sky, they captivate us with their dazzling ways and continue to shine ever so brightly for all of us to see.
In the Grading The Stars series, we’ll feature the stars of the past, present and future and grade them based on their prestige, performance and promise. Plus, we’ll highlight three cool cards of a star to collect under a certain dollar figure.
There are five grading levels of the stars: 10 = Icon (Blue Diamond), 9.5 = Legend (Platinum), 9 = Superstar (Gold), 8.5 = Star (Silver) and 8 = Rising Star (Bronze).
Today, we’ll feature a man who is one of the greatest to ever play on the pitch. He’s won the Ballon d’Or Award a record seven times and has achieved many more individual and team accomplishments during his illustrious career. After spending 17 years with Barcelona, he’s now in his second season with Paris Saint-Germain, the one and only Lionel Messi.
The Messiah: Lionel Messi was born to play soccer. Despite his small frame, La Pulga (The Flea), has been a dominant force on the pitch since he was a teenager. Over the years, he’s elevated his play to be widely recognized as the best player in the world.
Greatest of All-Time?: Messi is in the conversation of being the greatest of all-time. Many believe he’s the greatest. But, depending on the era, there are a handful of names to consider, most notably Pelé and Diego Maradona. Messi’s resume has GOAT qualities.
Future Outlook: The 35-year old Messi isn’t the same player he used to be, but he’s still capable of being a magician. Playing with Kylian Mbappé provides opportunities for greatness. There’s no denying Messi’s iconic status. He’s a safe one to collect.
Grade: 10 = Icon (Blue Diamond)
Grading The Stars: Lionel Messi, Paris Saint-Germain – 3 Cool Cards To Collect
2020-21 Panini Illusions La Liga Memorabilia #21 /299 – A raw version of this card currently sells in the $50 – $60 range on eBay.
2021-22 Topps UEFA Champions League Starball Foil #10 – A raw version of this card currently sells in the $15 – $20 range on eBay.
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