Throwback: Lionel Messi produces greatest nutmeg ever vs Atletico

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If you ever needed more evidence that Lionel Messi is one the greatest footballers of all time, look no further than this slice of filth for Barcelona back in 2018. 

Messi has just won his first international trophy, guiding Argentina to victory in the 2021 Copa America. But his status as arguably this generation’s greatest footballer has long been secured.

Proof? This filthy nutmeg on Filipe Luis during a 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid in November 2018.

Firstly, the header to bring the ball under control initially was ridiculous – Messi rose like a salmon bouncing off a trampoline to bring the high ball under his spell.

He impressively regained his balance quickly in order to hold off the advancing Luis.

Mere mortals would be happy to lay the ball off to a team-mate, but Messi is hardly one of those. In one swift movement, the Argentina captain backheeled the ball through poor Luis’ legs and tore off down the touchline.

Three Atletico defenders attempt to crowd him out but Messi was able to lay the ball towards the nearby Luis Suarez.

Did he mean it? Of course he did.


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