Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi
Name Lionel Andrés Messi
Age 29
Nation Argentina
Position SS, AMF, WF
Club Squad No. 10
Nation Squad No. 10
Key stats (PES 2014) Shot Accuracy - 99
Dribble Speed - 98

Dribbling - 99
Low Pass - 87 Lofted Pass - 82 Stamina - 68 Ball Control - 95

Previous Clubs None

Lionel "Leo" Messi is an Argentinian international forward who plays for Barcelona.

In real life he is known for being one of the best footballers in the world along with Cristiano Ronaldo and has also been compared to Argentine legend Diego Maradona.

He's known for his amazing agility, matched with his glued-to-his-foot style dribbling which makes it really easy for him to break through defences. He's also rated one of the best players in PES' 2009, 2010 and 2011.

He has featured as the cover star in PES 2009, PES 2010 and PES 2011.


[edit] PES 4

In PES 4, he is a very poor youth player for Barcelona whose main stats are technique and short pass accuracy. He wouldn't be a recommended signing as he's also very weak and lacks stamina for a winger.

He does have decent potential, however requires a lot of patience and gradual development. Due to him unlikely to feature in the first team, he won't be exposed to the much needed experience.

[edit] PES 5

He received a small stat boost in PES 5 which saw an improvement in his dribble accuracy and agility. Here he is a slight recommended signing but he's still quite a poor player due to his weak stature and poor speed and stamina.

Many PES fans had to update his stats manually due to his impressive performaces for Barcelona, mainly focussed around his speed and dribbling. This thread is an example.

[edit] PES 6

PES 6 is when he's suddenly realised as a world class youth where he received a massive stat boost to acceleration, body balance, dribble speed and agility thus making him a very useful winger to have. Due to his upgrade in strength, he's now a lot harder to shrug off the ball and therefore more useful when breaking through the defence. His stamina has also been improve to 80 which is the peak in all of the PES games. Despite this, it's still quite a low value to have for a winger and therefore he'd tire towards the latter stages of the match.

[edit] PES 2008

Messi could perform the Rabona skill for the first time in PES 2008. Once again, he received a small stat boost, specifically towards agility where this was maximised to 99. Also his dribbling stats were improved. One of his weaknesses which carries on from game-to-game is his poor shooting attributes, which does make it hard from him to finish his chances. Additionally, he is very poor in the air which makes him barely a threat when trying to get on the end of crosses or corners.

[edit] PES 2009

Messi appears on the front of the PES 2009 cover along with the Champions League logo.

Playing just behind the main striker is Messi's registered position, but he is equally capable when pushed out wide to the wings, either hugging the touchline or cutting back inside. As in real life, he is best suited to cutting inside from the right where he can create space for an overlap out wide or simply dribble past the defence for an attempt on goal. He forms a fearsome partnership with Andres Iniesta and Xavi much like in real life which allows Barcelona to dominate possession and ultimately get the results required. One weakness is his lack of stamina which often means he needs to be substituted before the end of the match.

For the first time, Messi has pretty much reached his peak where his agility is at 99 with dribble accuracy and dribble speed at 97 and 96 respectively. He also has very good technique so he's able to control even the hardest of deliveries. He does still lack aerial ability however. Also for the first time, his Attack stat is at 95, this then allows him to make more intelligent runs and has better positional sense when attacking.

He is believed to be one of the main reasons along with Thierry Henry and Samuel Eto'o in why so many choose Barcelona on online matches.

[edit] PES 2010

In PES 2010, once again Messi is featured on the cover however this time with Fernando Torres.

His preset face has been updated and so has his hairstyle. With the almost perfect striker force of Messi, Ibrahimovic and Henry, Barcelona look set to be a popular choice online with such a highly rated attack force. However with PES 2010 changing the style of the game. It will now be near impossible to ghost past players like in previous games.

He features attacking cards such as Mazing Run and Incisive Run which can help him dribble past players and cut inside respectively.

He has an overall of 84 making him a good player, however considering he's one of the best players in PES and in real life, you would expect him to have more overall but it looks like he will be able to make it up through potential in Master League. His stats are very concentrated towards attack with very high dribbling, speed and agility stats making him able to weave in and out of oncoming challenges. He also has high technique making him able to control even the hardest of deliveries. However his downside is that he is very small and lacks stamina making him poor in the air and unable to last the full 90 minutes if playing flat out.

One of the most notable changes to his stats is that of his long pass accuracy and long pass speed stats which both were increased to 82, which then makes him more of a threat when crossing the ball.

After the update he was given a stat boost where his overall rating went up to 87.

[edit] PES 2011

Messi once again featured on the front cover, this time on PES 2011 where he can be seen dribbling a ball to the left. He has also been given a slightly more textured preset face and a longer hairstyle.

His shot accuracy was raised to 96, making him the most accurate player in the game (not considering legend players). However his shot technique was lowered from 89 to 86. Despite this, he is still one of the most deadliest strikers in the game and can score from pretty much any where inside the box. However due to his poor shot power, it'll be harder for him to score from outside the 18-yard box.

Also, when played in SS, his overall rating is 98, making him one of the highest in the whole game joint with Cristiano Ronaldo.

Furthermore, his agility was deducted by 2 points to 96 therefore making him slightly less agile when weaving in between players. In addition, his stamina also decreased to 73 therefore it will be hard for him to last a full game and therefore may need to be taken off after 70 minutes or so. Finally his swerve was increased to 83 which makes him slightly better when curling a strike on goal which can lead to his goal scoring opportunities increasing.

In Master League, after 3 to 4 seasons, his overall hits at least 102, making him much higher than Ronaldo who stays at roughly 98. It's also possible for Messi to be lured to clubs such as Chelsea.

When playing Master League Online he is one of the most expensive players to purchase, along with Cristiano Ronaldo.

[edit] PES 2012

He is no longer the cover star of PES, and is replaced by Cristiano Ronaldo. Messi is still the best player in the game as his stats were boosted a little bit with Shot Accuracy reaching the amazing rating of 97.

[edit] Playing Style

He is widely regarded as one of the most technically astute players in the game who combines superb dribbling ability with tremendous pace and agility to ghost through opposing defences. Messi is also one of the few players in the PES series who can perform the 'Rabona' skill due to his low weaker foot frequency which gives him an advantage over some other play-makers in the game. Despite being able to perform the rabona, this is pretty much the limit to his skills, as he is not known for his show-boating talents.

One final tip is to not overuse Messi. In the PES series he's never had the best of stamina, therefore to preserve his talents, it is best that he doesn't take part in the defensive side to a match.

[edit] PES 2013

Lionel Messi is an amazing,sensational player,with an phenomenal speed and great skill and accuracy.His shooting is very effective when one-on-one with the goalkeeper.However,his stamina is low.It is recommended not to use overuse him in attack position.Don't let him all the weight of the attack.His overall is 101 as SS,but when in Become a Legend,his overall is immediately boosted in 102,if you choose him to play.He is well know for his dribbling skills and free kick skills.

[edit] Ability

Contrasting abilities from different PES games.

[edit] Pre-PES 2012

  • Attributes range from 1-99 – with 99 being the maximum
  • Color ranges:
    • 1-74 = white
    • 75-79 = green
    • 80-89 = yellow
    • 90-94 = orange
    • 95-99 = red
PES 4 5 6 2008 2009 2010 2011
Attack 68 73 79 83 95 98 98
Defence 26 30 39 49 40 38 38
Body Balance 67 65 81 81 80 83 83
Stamina 70 71 80 80 75 78 73
Top Speed 80 82 85 84 89 84 82
Acceleration 77 78 90 91 92 92 92
Response 60 71 80 80 83 84 84
Agility 78 85 94 99 99 98 96
Dribble Accuracy 80 86 90 93 97 98 98
Dribble Speed 73 75 92 94 96 98 98
Short Pass Accuracy 80 79 78 75 84 84 84
Short Pass Speed 65 74 73 73 80 80 80
Long Pass Accuracy 75 75 76 72 74 82 82
Long Pass Speed 66 70 72 72 72 82 82
Shot Accuracy 67 78 77 78 83 92 96
Shot Power 75 76 75 79 78 78 78
Shot Technique 66 75 80 83 86 89 86
Free Kick Accuracy 53 71 71 68 72 75 79
Swerve 65 74 74 74 74 74 83
Heading 68 67 67 67 64 74 75
Jump 75 74 74 74 74 74 74
Technique 82 84 85 88 90 96 96
Aggression 69 80 88 88 90 95 95
Mentality (Tenacity) 65 65 71 71 71 73 75
Keeper Skills 50 50 50 50 50 50 50
Team Work 54 62 75 67 67 67 67
Condition (Form) 3 4 4 4 4 4 4
Weak Foot Accuracy 4 3 5 5 5 6 6
Weak Foot Frequency 4 3 3 3 3 4 4

From the table you can see that Messi has only reached his almost maximum potential after PES 2009, cementing his place as one of the best dribblers PES has ever seen. From an early stage (PES 5) you can see the raw talent that he has when dribbling. From then, he's improved ten-fold. He differs from other players such as Ronaldinho because he is a raw dribbler, whose main tactic is to break through the defence and shoot, much similar to Cristiano Ronaldo (although he's slightly worse at dribbling but has more all-round stats) and therefore he can potentially be more effective. He does lack shot power, utilising accuracy and finesse (similarly to Michael Owen) in order to score.

Due to his fragile stature, he will always have poor strength, aerial ability and stamina, which are his main weaknesses. Furthermore his Condition is fairly poor, which can see his form hit a light blue or purple arrow, which can have a major effect on his playing ability, and therefore your team.

[edit] PES 2012-onwards

  • Attributes range from 1-99 – with 99 being the maximum
  • Color ranges:
    • 1-74 = white
    • 75-79 = green
    • 80-89 = yellow
    • 90-94 = orange
    • 95-99 = red
PES 2012 2013
Attack 98 99
Defence 38 38
Header Accuracy 76 74
Dribble Accuracy 98 98
Short Pass Accuracy 84 84
Short Pass Speed 80 82
Long Pass Accuracy 81 81
Long Pass Speed 81 81
Shot Accuracy 97 99
Place Kicking 83 85
Swerve 85 85
Ball Control 95 93
Weak Foot Accuracy 6 6
Weak Foot Usage 4 4
Goal keeping Skills 50 50
Responsiveness 84 84
Explosive Power 97 97
Dribble Speed 98 98
Top Speed 82 82
Body Balance 83 83
Stamina 76 76
Kicking Power 85 80
Jump 74 74
Injury 2 2
ATK Awareness 3 3
DEF Awareness 1 2
Form 4 6
Tenacity 76 76
Team Work 83 83

Due to the change in the way PES displays attributes, it is now harder to compare to previous games.

[edit] PES 2012

You can still see that Lionel Messi is one of the best players in the game, with heavily concentrated dribbling and speed stats. He has, however, made improvements from PES 2011, specifically on his Shot Power which is now 85 (previously 78) and he has also improved slightly on his Shot Accuracy. The rest has remained largely the same, with his only weakness being that he is incredibly poor in the air.

[edit] PES 2013

Messi has had slight improvements to his stats. For example his Attack and Shot Accuracy have both increased to 99. He has seen a small hit to his Header Accuracy and Ball Control, losing 2 points.

He is definitely still one of the best players in the game, equalling Cristiano Ronaldo. His overall ability is 98 while in the SS position.

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