The world’s best player has figured out how to win matches by moving less than everyone else.

Lionel Messi, 2014 World Cup: The world’s best player has figured out how to win matches by moving less than everyone else.

Messi is an impassive minimalist whose face barely changes even when he's bouncing on the ground after getting kicked. Everything is pared back, nothing is wasted; he is the greatest exponent of less-is-more efficiency the game has seen. He’ll never give Argentina the kind of emotional leadership Maradona did. It's simply not in his nature. But to see him accelerate past Schär and play in di María was to see leadership by example in its purest form. The real Lionel Messi has turned up at the World Cup, that question has been answered. The question now for Argentina is how many of his teammates will have the courage to join him.

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