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This Lionel Messi pass is, well, it’s… it’s… too good for words

What? Why? And, most importantly, HOW?

It seems unnecessary, doesn’t it?

When you’re the best dribbler and free-kick taker in the world, not to mention an elite finisher, it’s extravagantly indulgent to establish yourself as the best passer in world football too.

Lionel Messi’s passing has been unparalleled for a few seasons now.

And yet the diminutive Argentinian forward continues to astound us with his vision.

Thread the needles

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Thread the needles

He picked up in 2019 where he left off by opening the scoring in Barca’s 2-1 win away to Getafe on Sunday night.

However, the goal paled in comparison to this inspired pass midway through the first half…

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Let’s see that from another angle…

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It’s rare that a pass leaves us speechless.

We can just about comprehend how Messi has seen Luis Suarez’s run, but the speed of thought to play the resulting pass is nothing short of witchcraft.

The Uruguayan’s run is blocked off by four defenders.

And Messi take them all out with a beautifully disguised pass, after initially shaping up to clip the ball into the path of the marauding Jordi Alba — a favourite pass of his.

The weight of the pass is perfect as well, allowing Suarez to run around it and shoot with his favoured right foot.

Unfortunately for Barca, the angle was too acute with David Soria making a regulation save.

However, the fact it didn’t result in a goal, shouldn’t take anything away from the pass.

What is there left to say about this man?

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What is there left to say about this man?

Barcelona capitalised on the 1-1 draw between Sevilla and Atletico Madrid to go five points clear at the top of the table.

With 16 goals and ten assists, Messi is leading the way in both the goalscoring and playmaking stakes.

The legendary No10 finished as La Liga’s top scorer and top assist-provider last season and has started his defence of both crowns in fine style.

Pleasingly for Catalans, Messi has now directly contributed to 26 league goals this campaign, the same number Real Madrid have managed in total.

The king

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The king

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