Las Palmas Defender Had To Result To A Rugby Tackle To Stop Messi

There's no proper way to stop Lionel Messi. When the Argentine is in full force there isn't a thing on the planet that you can legally do to stop him, so how about a rugby tackle?

Lionel Messi being good is hardly breaking news at this point. This season he's been at his usual best scoring 23 goals in 25 La Liga starts as Barca have found themselves top of the pile in Spain.

Imagine trying to stop the Argentine, he's skilful, difficult to knock off the ball and underratedly speedy- it must be a nightmare to be a defender.

So we have to take our hat off to Las Palmas' Dani Castellano for managing to keep up with Messi once Barca's all time top goalscorer had got past him, the only problem was that he still couldn't tackle Messi.

That's when Castellano decided to swap sports for a moment a bring out an excellent rugby tackle to stop the little maestro.

It's excellent technique by the 30 year-old left back to wrap his arms low around Messi, making it far more difficult for him to run through than his he'd gone higher in the tackle.

The Las Palmas player essentially showing Mike Brown and Anthony Watson what they should have done on Saturday when Scotland won the Calcutta Cup.

Whatever the La Liga underdogs did for the rest of the 90 minutes clearly worked. Messi scored a free-kick in the first half but the match finished 1-1 making this weekend's game between them and Atletico Madrid even more important.

Is there any other way to stop Messi?

Ryan Sidle

Ryan is a writer for SPORTbible. He covers all sport from football, formula one, cricket, rugby, tennis, athletics, mma and wrestling. He obviously hates YOUR football team and has no interest in synchronised swimming.

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