- Lionel Messi continues to prove he’s the best footballer alive.
- On Saturday, Messi added another highlight-reel goal to his career tally, besting five defenders and surviving a shove to the ground to double Barcelona’s lead over Napoli.
- Despite his show-stopping goal, Messi’s day was far from over.
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Lionel Messi proved once again what an unstoppable force he is on the pitch with an incredible goal against Napoli on Saturday.
With Barcelona already leading 1-0 on the day and 2-1 on aggregate, Messi all but sealed his club’s spot in the Champions League quarterfinals with yet another astonishing goal.
After receiving a long ball just outside the box, Messi was met by a slew of defenders, and began to deftly weave his way in and out of traffic to continue his advance toward the goal. Messi outfoxed a trio of defenders who attempted to take away his lane, but a tackle brought him to the ground just before he broke free.
Undeterred, Messi got up, continued his attack with one final touch to make space as two more defenders closed in, and then sent the ball home to the far corner of the net.
For any other player, it’d be a defining goal of their career, but for Messi, it was just another Saturday.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) August 8, 2020
On Twitter, fans were in awe of yet another stunning display of Messi’s dominance.
Lionel Messi Chumbawambas his way past 5 defenders. Gets knocked down. But gets up again. Sings the songs that remind him of the best times ???? ???? https://t.co/57SXIwmac4
— roger bennett (@rogbennett) August 8, 2020
MESSI IS A BEAST, my Godddd https://t.co/BcsaY4nIq9
— Bunny baby ???????? (@Bubble_minakie) August 8, 2020
If u think Messi is not the greatest ever to play this game my g u need doctorhttps://t.co/WrQ8QowcJI
— Pradeep (@MahakalMessi) August 8, 2020
Messi’s stellar day wasn’t finished there. Just a few moments later, it looked as though Messi had added to Barca’s lead once again, with another impressive light touch to the back of the net.
The goal would be disallowed by a somewhat questionable VAR decision, but Messi’s skills were still on full display.
Not one Napoli player calls for handball and Messi chests it down and scores. VAR is getting daft. https://t.co/aw6bffOCxl
— Elliot Hackney (@ElliotHackney) August 8, 2020
Just before halftime, Messi would get his revenge on the goal that was taken from him, earning a penalty kick after going down in the box by the foot of a defender. Rather than take the penalty himself and add to his goal total for the night, Messi instead passed the kick off to Suarez, and took time to tie his boot.
Messi tying his shoe while Suarez takes the penalty is the most Barcelona swag I've ever seen ???? pic.twitter.com/XPbe5rOZgY
— Mike Janela (@MikeJanela) August 8, 2020
To be fair, Messi already has plenty of goals on his own.According to ESPN, Messi is responsible for 1.3% of all goals scored in the history of the Champions League.
With Barcelona now all but assuredly through to the quarterfinals, there’s a good chance he’ll further add to that total in the near future.
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