How do you stop Lionel Messi?
Many footballers, fans and coaches throughout the world would love to know that. The Argentinian superstar is still scoring goals and winning games for Barcelona and Argentina and he remains one of the best footballers on the planet.
Thus, how do you curtail his whippet-like speed?
How do you halt those magical feet?
How do you stall the champion and detain him, hold him stationary for more than a split second?
You might try the following method.
Herd him into a narrow space.
In this case, the broadcast area of the mixed zone at the Beijing Olympics, where Messi had helped Argentina to beat Nigeria and take the gold medal.
Thrust a microphone at him.
Ask, politely, in Spanish, if he has time to answer a few questions.
Steps two to four will prove more successful if said microphone is held by Mexican television presenter, and former Miss Universe contestant, Marisol Gonzalez.
Messi is sure to stop, smile, and linger a while.
That is how you stop the great Lionel Messi.