While Sergio Ramos and the rest of the world strut about after pulling off a cooly judged panenka penalty, little old Lionel Messi has taken them to a new level – his level – by pulling off an outrageous panenka free-kick in La Liga tonight.
His audacious little dink over the wall of the Espanyol players, coupled with a classy finish in the last minute gave Barca a two-nil victory over Espanyol. And that’s not all. His brace means he has scored 40 goals per season for 10 consecutive seasons. Yes, I can confirm that is over 400 goals in a decade – a phenomenal achievement.
Watch the magic below. And, ignore the keeper, who clearly had a few pints of stout before the game and needed the other post to help him stand upright.
boy i ain’t never heard of a panenka FREE KICK before today. I need to see Messi’s human papers, im not convinced pic.twitter.com/4S7WLOnSQL
— A West (@ayyy_west) March 30, 2019
And Lionel Messi being Lionel Messi, it’s of course not the first time he’s done such a thing. He pulled it off nine years ago against Almeria and it was even better. Just enjoy.
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The panenka Free-Kick is nothing new for Lionel Messi.
He actually did it first as a 22 year old back in 2010 against Almeria ??? pic.twitter.com/IsObvPf3Mi
— Premier League Panel (@PremLeaguePanel) March 30, 2019