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Lionel Messi Fans Respond To 'Lazy Defending' Clip With Another Video From Dynamo Kiev Game

Lionel Messi Fans Respond To 'Lazy Defending' Clip With Another Video From Dynamo Kiev Game

A Lionel Messi fan has responded with another clip after the six-time Ballon d'Or winner received criticism for a lack of effort in stoppage time of the win over Dynamo Kiev.

Just before the final whistle was blown in the 2-1 win, Messi was seen strolling about and refusing to go after Oleksandr Andrievsky as he carried the ball forward in the middle of the pitch.

Given Barca were only a goal ahead, it wasn't a great look from the Barcelona skipper - with some fans even questioning his commitment to the cause after he tried to leave in the most recent transfer window.

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It should be noted that a longer clip did show him getting a bit more of a jog on and another video from earlier on the game debunks claims that Messi is a lazy player.

In the 58th minute, the visitors broke from a Barcelona corner down the left flank. Work-rate and defending isn't Messi's speciality but he sprinted back in to chase after the ball.

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He didn't regain possession himself but his willingness to get back in and cover for the dangerous counter attack led to a forced pass being cleared by Jordi Alba and then a couple of passes later, Messi was on the ball.

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Video Of Lionel Messi's 'Defending' Against Dynamo Kiev Is Quite Something
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Video Of Lionel Messi's 'Defending' Against Dynamo Kiev Is Quite Something

published at23 days ago

It doesn't exactly excuse what he did late in the game but it shows Messi is willing to sprint when he fancies it.

The Argentine opened the scoring at the Nou Camp with his fourth penalty of the season but is yet to score from open play so far this season.

In fact, discounting spot-kicks, Messi has taken 40 shots without finding the net and is in incredibly unusual territory at this stage of the campaign.

But it's a long old season so we're fully expecting the 33-year-old to start banging in the goals and climbing the La Liga goalscoring charts in the coming weeks.

Topics: Football News, FC Barcelona, Football, Lionel Messi, Champions League

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