By 90Min
July 19, 2017

In one of the day's more alarming football news stories, it turns out that Lionel Messi is actually LESS skillful than a player currently playing in the Championship, according to FIFA 17.

It's true. The Argentine superstar, tipped by many as the best in the world and the greatest to have ever graced a football pitch, is skilfully inferior to a winger who is currently playing second division football. Shocking right!?

Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi (L) vies with Deportivo La Coruna's midfielder Alex Bergantinos during the Spanish league footbal match RC Deportivo de la Coruna vs FC Barcelona at the Municipal de Riazor stadium in La Coruna on March 12, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / MIGUEL RIOPA (Photo credit should read MIGUEL RIOPA/AFP/Getty Images)

The player in question is none other than Aiden McGeady, now of Preston after moving there on loan from Everton this season.

To be fair to McGeady the guy is definitely a trickster, as he proved at the weekend with an entertaining display against Jaap Stam's Reading, and he famously has his own move within FIFA 17 called the "McGeady Spin"..

The conclusion that he is more skillful than Messi was reached by ​Dream Team FC through FIFA information website ​Futbin, because he has maintained his five-star rating, whereas Messi holds only four.

Anyone who watches Messi regularly knows that as phenomenal a dribbler as he is, he is not one to pull out those audacious tricks and flair moments as often as say, Cristiano Ronaldo, but that doesn't mean he's not capable, obviously.

McGeady's five-star rating has been earned throughout an interesting career that has seen him spend six years in Scotland at Celtic, before moving to Russia with Spartak Moscow and then Everton, where he has been loaned out twice to Championship clubs.

DUBLIN, IRELAND - MARCH 29: Aiden McGeady of Republic of Ireland and Tomasz Jodlowiec of Poland compete for the ball during the EURO 2016 Qualifier match between Republic of Ireland and Poland at Aviva Stadium on March 29, 2015 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
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Not only does he beat Messi, but he also 'out-skills' Luis Suarez, Luka Modric, Andres Iniesta, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Eden Hazard. It really is mental stuff.​

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