Lionel Messi: Behind the story

Be it for defenders or reporters, Lionel Messi is soccer's most elusive talent

Updated: May 27, 2009, 3:07 PM ET
By Chad Nielsen | ESPN The Magazine

First things first: If you haven't seen Lionel Messi's most famous goal, watch it now. You don't have to follow soccer to get a rush when the smallest guy on the pitch turns a routine possession pass into a 60-meter goal, slicing past six defenders. Few athletes in any sport dominate others with this kind of elegance.