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A football fan has unofficially turned Lionel Messi into a verb after his brilliant performance against Getafe.
The 31-year-old Argentine forward, who could reach or break six records in 2019, took social media by storm after his Xavi-esque pass took out six Getafe players and found Luis Suárez with absolute precision.
So, what does Messi mean as a verb?
Here's what one Twitter user said:
"Past tense: Messi'd
"1. To see things normal human beings won't ever see; be the greatest of all time in something.
"E.g.: 'Escaping the maze was impossible, but not for me. I Messi'd.'"
I'm officially declaring 'Messi' as a verb:- Sjors van Veen (@SjorsvVeen) 6 January 2019
Past tense: Messi'd
1. To see things normal human beings won't ever see; be the greatest of all time in something.
E.g: "Escaping the maze was impossible, but not for me. I Messi'd."pic.twitter.com/YWo6AP6iwl
It's only the first step for the Barcelona captain: after all, he'll probably have a knighthood in no time!
Joking aside -- but 'Sir Lionel Messi' does have a nice ring to it -- the five-time Ballon d'Or winner opened the scoring for the reigning La Liga champions against Getafe.
Suárez doubled Barcelona's lead, but Jaime Mata pulled one back for his side before half-time.
However, Barcelona walked away with all three points after claiming a 2-1 victory.
Messi's strike took him to his 399th goal for the Spanish club, leaving him one shy of becoming the first La Liga player in history to reach the 400-goal mark.
Barça remains at the top of La Liga and have opened a five-point lead over second-place Atlético Madrid.
Despite the advantage, Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde was happy with the final result for his side.
"It was essential for us to stay focused and not let the game get away from us," he said (via the Daily Mail).
"They are a tough team, with strong players when you go one-on-one, and the game was tight.
"There were times after the break when they were the better side. Towards the end we managed to keep hold of the ball and that's how we stayed out of trouble.
"We expected a difficult game and they got back into the game with the goal, but we're happy."
:calendar_spiral:️-2019- B/R Football (@brfootball) 6 January 2019
Lionel Messi has scored a La Liga goal in 15 straight years :dart: pic.twitter.com/y9AHiWl1kD
' '- Eleven Sports (@ElevenSports_UK) 6 January 2019
This Lionel Messi pass is, err...
Ridiculous. :alien: pic.twitter.com/0kO2v1gqJp
Lionel Messi's top :keycap_ten: goals in the Champions League :heart_eyes::goat:- Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) 31 December 2018
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