Must-See Goal: Lionel Messi

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Barcelona was ten minutes away from dropping more precious points and making catching Real Madrid atop the Spanish Primera title even more impossible. Then Lionel Messi stepped up to save his team yet again.

The Argentine wizard delivered this perfect left-footed free kick to help Barcelona post a 2-1 victory over Atletico Madrid on Sunday. Here is the beautiful goal:

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28 Responses to Must-See Goal: Lionel Messi

  1. SadUSfan says:

    That’s filthy.

  2. Fus says:

    Who uses their left foot in that situation unless you are looking to cross the ball? Unreal.

  3. BrianK says:

    Unbelievable! Could you draw it better with a telestrator pen? Could a computer have conceived a better trajectory? Messi is a freak.

  4. jonk says:

    Unreal. Funny thing is the Barca players wouldn’t have been ready for it if he was crossing it in. Puyol wasn’t even paying attention.

  5. Jon says:

    I don’t know what that dude said, but I concur.

    Watching it live, I couldn’t believe Ray Hudson’s reaction wasn’t more.

  6. away goals says:

    Yeah nobody was paying attention. He took it early because the gk was on the near post setting up the wall. Obviously he thought there would be a whistle.

    Great awareness from messi. Execution wasn’t bad either.

  7. Wm. says:

    Great. Wake me up when he leads Argentina to a World Cup final.

  8. Andy says:

    He’s no Henry, but it was pretty nice. Good awareness to see that the goalie wasn’t ready.

  9. Jamie Z. says:

    What a ridiculous statement! So Messi is not worth watching until some indisputable authority on the matter (yourself, apparently) deems it deserving based on the arbitrary stipulation that he leads Argentina to a World Cup title? Boy, you’re going to have trouble finding anything worth watching anywhere with those standards.

    Excuse me for calling you out on this, but it’s such a ridiculous attitude to have, yet it’s so pervasive. Apparently the world’s best isn’t good enough for your discerning tastes. This is all clearly beneath someone of your stature.

  10. jonk says:

    Seriously. Why even bother following the USMNT then either? They sure as sh*t aren’t gonna win the World Cup any time soon.

  11. Kanuni says:

    He’s no Henry in the sense that he doesn’t have a statue of him in front of the Emirates?

  12. Roberto says:

    Idiot, wake me up when the US EVER wins something in any FIFA tournament. grande messi, el MEJOR del mundo

  13. roberto says:

    To that idiot who said wake me up whenever messi takes Argentina to the WC final. Don’t you know that winning Champions league nowadays is hader than that? that IS the real world cup, so how many WC did messi win? I lost count. Some people in this country are just jealous that they will never ever ever produce a player to even clean Messi’s boots. Messi sos el mas grande de la historia papa

  14. Gary says:

    At least you got this one right.
    That’s a golazo.

  15. Polo says:

    Just filthy.

    Who even thinks about that trajectory? That’s a one in a million goal.

  16. Gnarls says:

    That was my thought too. “Could I even do that in FIFA 12?” No.

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  18. Jar L says:

    The Josh Tudela haircut is awesome

  19. sjquakes408 says:

    Messi got lucky!! Ronaldo rules all!!!! !

  20. Matt says:


    thats the best joke ive heard in like years.
    Ronaldo will always have to be ok with the fact that the sole purpose of his existance is to live in Messi’s Shadow, as thats all he has ever done

  21. Adi says:

    I think you got it backwards. Ronaldo is great but Messi is “world” class!!!

  22. KC says:

    Messi teaching Cristiano how to take a free kick.
    At last count Cristiano had 31 attempts with 0 goals this season.

  23. Joamiq says:

    Perfectly placed kick, and obviously good awareness on his part. But the keeper still being at the near post setting up the wall takes away from it for me.

  24. Ivan says:

    Leo Messi is the best player to EVER play the beautiful game! I feel privileged that I can watch him on a weekly basis on Gol TV in La Liga.

  25. Manny says:

    Messi has had more attempts than Ronaldo all season…I still wonder why Messi still takes freekicks…they always go wide or always at the wall. I know he just scored but how often does he really do it. Ronaldo consistently makes freekick goals.

    Both Ronaldo and Messi’s goals where awesome. Both had the balls, talent and confidence to pull those shots off.

  26. Manny says:

    Geez, wait til he plays in another team that doesn’t have Xavi or Iniesta before you crown him the best ever.

    How bout a world cup first?