A few weeks ago, television channels, talk shows, front pages all echoed and cooed one name, only one name.

Messi!
Who’s Messi?
I had no clue.

Who is Messi?
What sport does he play? Which team does he play for?
Which country does he represent?
What are his achievements, his successes?

I had no answers, no knowledge of him at all.

Then, one fine winter morning, as I crossed my living room, my eyes fixed on a good- looking, young, energetic, spirited player. Full of life; running, dribbling the ball all around the ground, on the wide screen of the television.
Instinctively, I knew– this is Messi!

The Messi fever caught me too.
My eyes followed his golden boots; I followed the game.
Seconds slipped away, and yes, Here is Messi, all set for the penalty kick.
The whole world waited with bated breath to witness their favourite player in action.
So did I.
The rest of the story is a tearful trauma.
The very young man, who ran around the ground, with composed zest and zeal was seen dejected and drowning in despair; agony and pain writ all over his face.
He was visibly disappointed, his eyes focusing on the empty nothingness; oblivious to the cheers and celebrations of his competitors.
The scene, still continuous to haunt many a million hearts across the globe.
The following day’s news papers carried expert views on the whole scenario and the heart breaking news.
The player, who has seen many a success on the very field, is quitting his game, his dream, his life!
A loss, a defeat, a miss is all it took a great “match winner”, “a game changer”, “a born winner”, a player “belonging to the world” to give up on his ambition and career?
Questions crowded and clouded my mind.

Every dawn, we die many a deaths to eke a living; miss many momentous opportunities to earn a penny; face many a defeats in the game of life.
Yet, we rise again, the next second, all ready to play the game of life.
Then, why is Messi giving up!
This foot ball legend has risen from the dusts to the crown of glory. He has fought many a battle against a physical disorder. He rose and emerged stronger from the stone walls of defeat.
Messi is a champion we can look up to!

Haven’t we have seen great personalities rise and fall, succeed and defeat. What’s different about Messi?
It’s that he’s one of those rare victors who “holds himself responsible for the defeats”

This champion of champions has given the greatest lessons of lessons– to be responsible for our actions and defeats.
We hope that this legend continues to inspire many young and old on and off the fields.

Uma Rani

Teacher at VIDYA at VIDYA India
I'm Uma. I'm a teacher at VIDYA and a lover of all things creative. Having been born to a rationalist father and a religious mother, I had exposure to conflicting ideologies which left a mark on me and the way I think about the world. I love reading, crafts, gardening, and I can lose myself in a good song!

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15 thoughts on “Messi: A Display of Character beyond Calibre

  1. Yes. At times defeats do make us almost give up. The challenge is to accept that feeling of disappointment, understand it’s ok to feel this way and then get up and move on. Easier said then done , I know, but have experienced many times that with each defeat- if we choose to go on- we become stronger!!
    Well written Uma- well observed and inspirational for the students and community members in our care- everyone falls at some time, successful are those who recover soon and move on !!

  2. Even if I know about massy and saw him play, still It was interesting to read through the whole article. Very simple but catching narration.
    Good work uma, and keep writing.

  3. Very nice Uma. Got goosebumps reading it. Its true that we get difficult moments in life but we should always be ready to face it and move on further.

  4. Thanks all for yuor thoughts. Whatever errors sparingly found will be rectified in my future writings. Thanks again

  5. Positions comes with responsibilities and thats the reason why everyone says be careful in taking on the positions. As a child we might have done many things or feats which nobody would have appreciated, yet it was one of the most challenging tasks as far as we are concerned. It is the motivating factor and the determination within us which made impossible task possible. Messi came that way to the top. He struggled very much during his initial times and it is the self determination which made him to rise as a Phoenix. When he took up the responsible position, lot of expectations were put on him which he never wanted. Every move, every action were commented upon, which made him uncomfortable. He as a responsible person had to take such drastic step of quitting and Im sure that he was forced to take such decision because of his mind heart conflict. Messi is there in each and every one of us. Let us be responsible for every success and failures.

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