(Original post by Sharpshooter)
I disagree with this, you have to understand that players are only as good as what their generation at that time allowed them to be. If Messi was born in the 1960s, he would have grown up conditioned to a footballers lifestyle that existed 80s/90s.
Yes technology and fitness levels have improved which helps, but this is not the be and end all of a sportstar. Mental toughness and desire has a lot to do with it.
The Liverpool team in the 70s and 80s are regarded by many as greatest British football team of all time, winning 4 CL's in 7 years, but because people think the standard of football was weaker, people dismiss them, which I think is wrong as they were the best of their generation that time and proved they were as mentally tough as anyone, if they had grown up in a different era, with different fitness levels, they would have adapted and that mental toughness would have still come through.