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Lionel Messi's Glorious Goal For Barcelona Was Similar To One Diego Maradona Scored For Newell's Old Boys

Lionel Messi's Glorious Goal For Barcelona Was Similar To One Diego Maradona Scored For Newell's Old Boys

Lionel Messi's stunning goal against Osasuna has drawn comparisons with one Diego Maradona scored for Newell's Old Boys.

Messi scored the pick of the goals in a 4-0 win at the Nou Camp and dedicated the solo strike to Maradona, who passed away on Wednesday after suffering a cardiac arrest.

It was the sort of goal we've come to expect from Messi but it was also remarkably similar to one Maradona scored way back in 1993.

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After receiving the ball, Messi beat a couple of defenders with his sublime dribbling ability and low sense of gravity. He then supplied an emphatic finish into the far corner.

Image: PA
Image: PA

Maradona, the pint-sized left-footed Argentine genius that came before him, scored a goal on his Newell's debut 27 years ago that had many similarities.

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Remarkably, that goal came on the same day that a very young Messi performed kick-ups on the pitch at half-time.

Messi would later play under the 1986 World Cup winner and when he scored today, having already tried to imitate Maradona's 'Hand of God' - he duly removed his Barcelona shirt and revealing an old Newell's Old Boys No.10 shirt that the late 60-year-old wore.

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Messi, who was booked for his celebration, also did the very same gesture as Maradona and posted a side-by-side image of them on Instagram.

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Six-time Ballon d'Or winner Messi wrote a heartfelt message on social media after hearing news of Maradona's passing, offering his condolences to the family.

"A very sad day for all Argentines and for football. He leaves us but does not leave, because Diego is eternal.

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"I keep all the beautiful moments I lived with him and I wanted to take the opportunity to send my condolences to all his family and friends. RIP."

Topics: FC Barcelona, Lionel Messi, Diego Maradona, Newell's Old Boys, Argentina

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