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Ligue 1 have taken football coverage to the next level by using a camera angle that made Lionel Messi taking a free-kick look like a video game.
The Paris Saint-Germain superstar scored the only goal of the game in his side's 1-0 victory over Lyon on Sunday evening to continue his fine start to the campaign.
Messi has scored six goals and registered eight assists in just 11 games so far, following a difficult debut season in 21/22.
He could've added to his tally later in the game from a free-kick and just in case he whipped it in, broadcasters busted out something unique.
this messi free kick looks like fifa😭pic.twitter.com/Pc59cue9q9— Kush (@KUSH23TV_) September 18, 2022
The camera panned behind Messi and it's as close as we'll get to being inside the seven-time Ballon d'Or winner's mind.
It's similar to an angle used in EA Sports' FIFA franchise, giving you a great view of the wall and goalkeeper.
Messi stepped up to take the set piece and saw his effort crash against the bar.
Anthony Lopes was beaten and if it was any lower, the Argentina international would've added another spectacular free-kick to his collection.
Fans have reacted to the footage and they think oversea leagues are currently destroying the Premier League when it comes to live coverage.
One person commented: "Nah, the Prem needs to get these cameras and angles."
Another said: "I thought this was a FIFA video when I first saw it."
A third tweeted: "Why does this look so fake?"
While someone put: "Seriously in 5 years max, graphics will be at this level."
Messi has one year remaining on his PSG contract and rumours suggest he'd be interested in a return to Barcelona.
The 35-year-old was forced to leave his boyhood club in 2021 due to the Catalan giants' financial state.
PSG's football advisor, Luis Campos, is hopeful Messi signs a new contract.
He explained: "Last season was difficult for him. After being an icon in Barcelona for 20 years, he had to make a major life change, in a different place and in a different league than the Spanish one. He needed time.
"Now we see a Leo who will gradually reach the level we were used to. Will we renew his contract? We have to hope so of course but yes, but hopefully he can stay."
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