Lionel Messi is like Tom Brady… opponents ‘see ghosts’ when the Argentine is on the pitch, says Taylor Twellman, comparing Inter Miami hero to iconic Patriots quarterback
- Twellman believes: “When the big guys come in, they force you to do things”
- Earlier Sunday, one of the owners of FC Dallas compared Messi to Michael Jordan
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Another chapter in the book has been written on Lionel Messi’s MLS career with a fantastic comeback to beat FC Dallas, and it’s already drawing comparisons to American sports stars.
As he sat in awe, commenting on Messi’s comeback from 4-2 down to tie 4-4 and then win the game on penalties, Apple TV’s Taylor Twellman drew a comparison to NFL legend Tom Brady.
Twellman signaled a rare own goal by Dallas defender Marco Farfán at the end of a Messi free kick to halve the deficit.
The longtime MLS commentator said that, in addition to star power, Miami, ‘also has the opposition scoring mundane goals like Marco Farfán. I don’t know what I saw, and they just make you fall apart.
“It’s eerily similar in other sports: When the big guys come in, they force you to do things that are out of your element. You feel uncomfortable doing it.
Apple TV commentator Taylor Twellman compared Messi to an American sports icon
Twellman said Messi’s impact on the opposition to make mistakes is similar to Tom Brady’s.
Messi scored twice on the night, including a dramatic free kick to force penalties.
‘The New England Patriots did this every time. People saw a ghost when (Bill) Belichick and Brady showed up.
“In the four games (in which Messi played), every time someone (in the opposing team) has seen a ghost because Messi is on the other side.”
Interestingly, this is not the first comparison to an American sports ‘GOAT’ that Messi has today.
Earlier on Sunday, FC Dallas owner Dan Hunt compared Messi to NBA legend Michael Jordan.
When he revealed that he was looking forward to watching Messi play, Hunt said: “You’re seeing one of the two greatest players of all time in that experience.” So yeah, this is a great moment for FC Dallas.’
Well, Hunt surely could see what Messi is capable of after the Argentine essentially forced that own goal from Farfán before scoring a dramatic free kick to level the game.
Messi and Miami would eventually win on penalties 5-3 to advance to the quarterfinals.