I was fortunate enough to pack Messi TOTY untradeable, and he has undoubtedly been the game changer you would expect looking at his stats. In short, this card has been the difference between winning and losing games, scoring goals or finding passes which other players would not have been able to do.
If you're looking at buying a card like this, you probably have used a version of Messi before either in Fifa 19 or previous years. This card not only amplifies his strengths (Dribbling, Passing, Finishing) but also completely fixes the stamina issues present on his base card. He's also a lot harder to muscle off the ball now thanks to a +23 boost to his strength, which is certainly noticeable. His finesse shots are as lethal as you'd expect, and his positioning is superb. For some reason his heading accuracy was also boosted from 70 to 98, and this has come in handy already on a few occasions.
Some of Messi's drawbacks remain however. He's still only 5'7", and his physical presence is pretty non-existant as a result. He is also 4*/4*, and at >5m coins you have to question whether these compromises are acceptable.
As of right now, he's the third most expensive player in the game, and this is something you've got to take into account when reviewing a player like this. I've had a ton of fun playing with him, and undoubtedly he will be a fixture in my team for the remainder of Fifa 19. But if I had 5m coins and needed to buy a CAM/ST, would I pick TOTY Messi? That's debatable.
- Lethal Finesse Shots