Tiger Fighting, October 13 In an interview with the blog Endless Hustle Podcast, the legendary American goalkeeper Tim Howard talked about Messi. He compared the experience of clashing with Messi on the football field to the experience of clashing with LeBron James on the basketball court. According to Howard, he knows a little bit about the skills of preventing goals in front of goal, but when he faces Messi, the situation is completely different.
老虎格斗，10月13日，在博客Endless Hustle Podcast的一次采访中，传奇的美国门将Tim Howard谈到了梅西。他将在足球场上与梅西发生冲突的经历与在篮球场上与勒布朗·詹姆斯发生冲突的betway88必威经历进行了比较。据霍华德说，他对在进球前预防进球的技巧有些了解，但是当他面对梅西时，情况就完全不同了。
"I think of him as LeBron James, and when I see James, I think,'He is on the court, why don't you put your elbow behind his back?' Then you will see When it comes to him, I think those people will feel,'Wow, when did Hercules (hercules, Roman mythical figures) play?'"
"On the video, Messi looks really fast. There are a lot of fake actions on the court. He is very smart and skilled in playing games. Then when you play the game, you multiply these by 10 times and you will feel, 'This is impossible.'"
Howard also said that considering Messi's height, he used to think that blocking Messi's shot was not so difficult, but in fact, after playing, it proved wrong.
Howard recalled: "Messi is not tall. When he shoots, you will think'a direct save will be done'. Then when you approach him, you will find that he is like a 1.9 meter tall man. Go grab the ball and you think,'How is this possible?'"
In 2011, Messi represented Argentina and Howard represented the United States in a friendly match, which ended in a draw, but Howard still praised Messi's performance. Howard also revealed that his team had prepared a plan for Messi before the game, but after the game, everyone was scared by Messi.
"Interestingly, we have a good game plan. We want to guard against Messi. We sent two players to stay by his side, one of them will be close to him. As soon as the whistle sounded, he wanted to be Like Super Mario, no one can get close to him. The game plan was left behind in the second minute of the game, so, really, he is special."
The 41-year-old Tim Howard currently plays for the Memphis 901FC team, the second-tier US team. He has played for Manchester United, Everton and other teams in his 23-year career.