Messi nails free kick in practice and on the field

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:

And here he is doing more or less the same from even further back during the game itself:

Eerily similar, and proof positive that when it comes to players like Messi, there’s no such thing as a fluke goal.