Lionel Messi Produced A Miss Straight Out Of Sunday League Last Night
As ludicrously gifted as Lionel Messi is, even five-time Ballon d'Or winners who have scored over 600 career goals aren't immune from missing absolute sitters.
The 32-year old regularly leaves us all in awe with the inexplicable magic he conjures up with the ball at his feet; slaloming in and out of players and finding the net from all types of angles and distances.
But while he scores the most difficult of goals, the Barcelona and Argentina's all-time top scorer missed a very simple and straightforward opportunity in the 2-0 win over Qatar.
The ball was cut back to Messi around 10 yards at and despite it being a chance he would normally gobble up with his eyes closed and arms tied behind his back, the Albiceleste skipper got his connection horribly wrong.
What a #messi miss!!?:scream::scream:pic.twitter.com/p06hDfiHRd
- :white_circle::black_circle: (@Ronaldo7zone) June 23, 2019
This is that Messi miss.#QATARG pic.twitter.com/bg6ExR5WGX
- Ayodeji Ayodeji (@AyodejiX2) June 23, 2019
summary of Messi's match against Qatar:cold_sweat::joy:...pic.twitter.com/c27hgiJZB0
- RealCristiano:crown: (@Sondivone) June 23, 2019
Some say the ball is still travelling in space right now but at least Messi can use the classic Sunday League excuse and blame the slight bobble on the ball before he skied the shot.
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For the third game running Messi and Argentina weren't at their best but secured second spot in Group B thanks to goals from Lautaro Martinez and Sergio Aguero in Porto Alegre.
Lionel Scaloni's side will play Venezuela in the quarter finals on Friday and Messi feels the win can help the team kick on now.
"We played a good game and we won, and that was what mattered," Messi said, as per The National.
"We needed a game like this to gain some confidence and calm."
"As we play more games the team grows each one and that game was good for that.
"The important thing was to win to keep going in the Copa, to get through the group stage. This will be an important boost for what's to come ... another Copa begins now.
"This victory must give us strength and make us grow as a team."
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