Why compare him to the worst performers in the Barca shirt ? In fact he wasnt much better. How was he a threat really? A couple of asthetically pleasing dribbles means nothing. He just showed that hes talented with the ball at feet. In terms of hurting the opposition and helping his team constructively in doing so, he did nothing. Obviously, but were talking about the very best players here. It wasnt an excuse for Ibra and it shouldnt be for Messi. And infact, Messi is aiming a lot higher than the likes of Ibra. Its in these situations that the best prove themselves. I still remember how Ronaldhinio produced that magical goal out of nowhere to get Barca the advantage against Chelsea a few years ago.