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The Slow-Motion Version Of Lionel Messi’s ‘Impossible’ Nutmeg On Felipe Luis Is Still Baffling People To This Day

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The Slow-Motion Version Of Lionel Messi’s ‘Impossible’ Nutmeg On Felipe Luis Is Still Baffling People To This Day

There are moments in sport that make you question everything. How did he just do that? That's not normal, right?

On a personal level, watching Lionel Messi has provided some, if not most, of those special moments in football, with one nutmeg in particular standing out amongst the rest.

Back in 2018, in a clash against Atletico Madrid, the Barcelona forward pulled off a moment of utter genius that left full-back Felipe Luis - and all of us watching from home - in a genuine state of confusion.

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I mean, Lionel Messi's personal showreel of 'what the hell' moments is worth viewing alone, and it's why many people think he's the greatest footballer of all time.

But his legendary status isn't solely down to the goals he has scored. It's the subtle touches, the passing and the thinking several moves ahead of anyone on that pitch.

On a cold Saturday evening in November, Messi's side were held to a 1-1 draw away to Atletico Madrid after a late equaliser from Ousmane Dembele but as per usual, the little Argentinian managed to steal the headlines.

Let's just watch it from a different angle.

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Messi jumps high to cushion the header and normally, a cushioned header is reserved for knocking the ball down at your feet.

But here the six-time Ballon d'Or winner knows he needs to take some pace off it by heading it high and letting it come down to his feet.

Seeing one defender get behind him and another player coming from in front, the 33-year-old doesn't have much option other than to 'meg' the Brazilian which he does with perfection, flicking his foot and rolling round the left-back in one swift movement.

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It's utter brilliance.

Luis shouldn't feel too bad though as even Antoine Griezmann, who is now Messi's teammate, didn't escape being embarrassed in the same game.

Is he the greatest of all time?

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Let us know in the comments.

Topics: Football, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Lionel Messi

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