If you need any more evidence of Lionel Messi’s incredible talent, the following two clips should do the job very nicely.
A lot of great footballers can execute impressive moves on the practice field, but what sets players like Messi apart is that they can do the same even under the intense pressure of the real thing.
The Argentina and Barcelona star’s stunning opener against Colombia in Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier, it turns out, was perfectly telegraphed in his pre-match warmups ahead of the clash.
Watch as he practices a free kick from just outside the box with his prodigious boot:
ANTES DEL PARTIDO MESSI YA HABÍA SPOILEADO EL GOL QUE IBA A HACER pic.twitter.com/WtcmvRFtAj
— Ariel Cristófalo (@acristofalo) November 16, 2016
And here he is doing more or less the same from even further back during the game itself:
— beIN SPORTS Español (@ESbeINSPORTS) November 15, 2016
Eerily similar, and proof positive that when it comes to players like Messi, there’s no such thing as a fluke goal.