Sao Paulo: Lionel Messi is often the smallest player on the field. But it is clear that he possesses his own gravitational pull. (Also read: Messi Tells Argentina to Make Most of 'Luck')
Just look at how opposing players - entire teams - drift toward him, one after another, and impulsively flinch at his every step and feint. Look at how magnetically he draws a crowd's collective gaze, how hushed with expectation a building can become whenever he makes a run. Look at how quickly the ball zips its way back to his feet whenever his team feels the slightest bit of anxiety.
Messi's stature, already large, has grown considerably in this World Cup, and it grew somehow bigger still Tuesday as he inspired Argentina to a 1-0 overtime victory over Switzerland at Arena Corinthians. (Highlights)