Messi is good at running very fast, able to turn seemingly unrealistic angles with very very close ballcontroll. And that is pretty much where it ends. Mind you, it makes him quite the lethal player cause no one can do it removely as good and efficient.
He's the perfect embodyment of a fifa player. There is little trickery involved. Just pure physics. running and turning. And pinpoint shooting and passing.
What the fucking shit is it with calling him 'brilliant' ??
Messi : give him the ball, pause the game, you get 360° angle . You can pretty much draw a running path he'll run at, and if you played enough fifa, you'll mostly have it.
In todays dogshit crap defences, thats rather extremely effective.
A poor records against italian teams. Cause good organisation blocks most of it, with players difficult to get past. If he cant go on counters, he wont do all that much.
Ronaldinho : set up your defence. Put the players. He gets the ball. He'll do something no one would come up with in terms of feint, dribble or trick. Your defence is wrongfooted and wide open.
Same with Ronaldo9 who was even better in his (short) peak. Ronaldinho had more tricks in term of passing. Ronaldo had much more efficient dribbeling and burst+top speed. Ronaldinho could be caught back, Ronaldo9 was 30m away before you turned around.
Zidane is similar in these ways. Able to unsettle a great organisation by pulling the unthinkable.
Messi and christiano ronaldo will score ALOT more goals. But if you are facing a worldclass organisation, give me zidane, ronaldinho or ronaldo any day of the week.