It’s hard for an American to understand the adulation accorded professional footballers (a.k.a., soccer players) everywhere on planet Earth save the United States. For an instant education, click here for wikipedia’s explanation of why Mr. Messi is a messiah amongst Maradona’s minions. Next, click here for the raw footage of Lionel Messi’s arrival in Saudi Arabia for a “friendly” (skip to 3:41 for the muzzling). Then know this: if an ND had taken out Messi it would have been extremely messy for the Saudis. In fact, the Falklands War was started for less. Thankfully, the hand of God protected the pride of Barcelona. If you know what I mean . . .