Lionel Messi: The Greatest Player In Outliers, By Malcolm Gladwell

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“ They tell me that all men are created equal in the eyes of god but this man seriously makes you think about those words,” is how an entertaining soccer commentator, Ray Hudson described Lionel Messi’s outstanding performance on the pitch. In the book Outliers, by Malcolm Gladwell, Gladwell demonstrates that there are extraordinary circumstances and external factors that allows a person to become successful in life as an outlier. Despite Messi’s contradicting physical appearance, standing 5 foot and 7 inches tall as a record breaking soccer phenomenal, he is most definitely an outlier who shook the history of soccer. Many Believe that Lionel Messi was not a natural born talented player but external factors and the opportunities he was given allowed him to become a player who is arguably the best player to every play in history of soccer. In order to be successful, failure is inevitable. When one fails, it is essential for them to practice tremendous hours to develop their skills and master their craft. In beginning of the book, Gladwell explains “The emerging picture from such studies is that ten thousand hours of practice is required to achieve the level of mastery associated with being a world-class expert in anything” (40). Messi was certainly not the best player in the world as he made a debut in the spanish league but becoming professional at the age of…show more content…
Messi became the player he is today after being in an environment that allowed him to practice and reach the ten thousand hour rule with top coaches, players, and facility in the world. Messi was also lucky enough to be scouted by a team that was a great fit for him and willing to assist his medical treatment that could have been ruinous to his outstanding career that impacted the world of

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