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Lionel Messi Controlled The Ball At An Estimated Height Of 1.83m Vs Paraguay

Lionel Messi Controlled The Ball At An Estimated Height Of 1.83m Vs Paraguay

Lionel Messi's sensational bit of play for Argentina saw him control the ball at an estimated 1.83m in the air against Paraguay.

The six-time Ballon d'Or winner continues do things out of this world on a football pitch and even for Messi, this latest passage was special.

Just before half-time in the 1-1 draw ,the 33-year-old killed the ball dead with an outrageous karate-like touch that had fans in complete awe.

It's led to Messi being involved in another of the greatest ever footballing pictures, while slow motion footage really captures the beauty of Messi's acrobatic antics.

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And fan @FutbalFax went a step further to highlight just how impressive Messi's feat was. Going off teammate Giovani Lo Celso, the man nearest to Messi for the touch, being 5ft 10 - he estimated that the pint-sized Barcelona skipper's left boot was six foot in the air.

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Cristiano Ronaldo has a innate knack of jumping to unbelievable heights for headers but clearly Messi is also superhuman in the air, just in a different way.

Messi's expert control was put to the ultimate test by a Japanese game show, who challenged Messi to touch the ball dead after it dropped from high in the sky back in 2015.

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Messi needed to kick the ball over a barrier that was being held up in the air by cranes at different heights, before attempting to bring the ball down under control.

10 metres was easy peasy, while 13 and 15 metres were also no problem whatsoever. Then came the grand finale for the then-world record.

18 metres in the air, Messi leathered it into space, touched it down and started doing keepy uppies like it was the easiest thing in the world.

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To show he hadn't fluked it, Messi went and replicated his heroics for a second time. Just insane.

Featured Image Credit: Twitter/@FutbolFax

Topics: Football News, Football, Messi, Messi News, Lionel Messi, Argentina, Paraguay

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