Which was a bigger surprise to you? A triumphant return for Thierry Henry to Arsenal. Scoring the game winner to push Arsenal through to the 4th round of the FA Cup. Or Lionel Messi winning a 3rd consecutive Ballon d'Or?
Henry was a supposed washed up star. He had his glory days in the EPL, becoming a legend among legends at Arsenal. Leading that club to some of its best days. And then he left, and took his talents to the New York Red Bulls. The MLS is an EPL retirement home. Its where washed up stars go to fade out of sight. No one can come back from the MLS, not to Europe, not to their former glory. Then Arsenal faced Leeds in the 3rd round of the FA Cup. and the scoreline was nil nil in the 78th minute. And Henry worked his magic, driving the game winning goal home. Surprise? Hell Yes!
Lionel Messi is an amazing player. No one will deny that. His play in la Liga, and the Champions League, is legendary, a player you will tell you kids about seeing. I saw Messi play. The only knock against Messi has been his international play, where his resume lacks some of the shine that some other players have. But he deserves the Ballon d'Or. He is the greatest player in the game at this moment. And it's up to someone else to take that title away.