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article imageFootballer Messi now immortalized in the Spanish language

By Anne Sewell     Feb 13, 2013 in Sports
Barcelona - It is well-known that Spaniards are a little football crazy. Now it has been proven in print, as Lionel Messi's name becomes immortalized in the Santillana dictionary as a brand new adjective, ‘inmessionante’
Pepsi ran an advertising campaign in Argentina, apparently, and people were invited to invent a word which would describe the Barcelona football star's ability.
The winning adjective is ‘inmessionante’, which has been added to the Santillana dictionary with the following definition:
Inmessionante:
1. Concerning Messi's description: perfect way to play football, an unlimited capacity for self improvement.
2. Describes the best player of all time.
Barcelona footballer Lionel Messi has been immortalized in the Spanish Santillana dictionary with th...
Barcelona footballer Lionel Messi has been immortalized in the Spanish Santillana dictionary with the adjective "Inmessionante."
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Argentinian-born star Messi certainly is "inmessionante," as he is a four times Ballon d'Or winner and has scored endless goals and caused endless cheers throughout the Spanish streets.
Apparently its not just the Spanish though, as this isn't the first time that a football star has been immortalized in language. Messi's former Barcelona teammate Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who is now with French PSG, got into a Swedish dictionary in December 2012 with a new verb, ‘zlatanera’ meaning ‘to dominate’.
Other football stars have been immortalized for all the wrong reasons too. Russian international Kerzhakov and his performance at Euro 2012 resulted in the appearance of a brand-new English verb 'to kerzhakov’, meaning "to shoot off goal, when it’s physically impossible not to score."
Interesting to note that Messi appears to have been working towards this for some time as this 'InMESSIonante' Facebook page was first set up in February 2011. But then, maybe they changed the name when they heard the news!
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