Watch: Messi scores sensational free-kick in warm-up prior to Brazil chaos


We barely got any actual football on Sunday evening as Brazil versus Argentina was postponed amid chaotic scenes, but we were treated to something special from Lionel Messi in the warm-up. 

The World Cup qualifier between the two great South American rivals, a rematch of Argentina’s Copa America final victory back in July, was suspended after just six minutes of play.

Brazilian authorities stepped onto the pitch to detain Argentina’s quartet of Premier League players – Aston Villa’s Emiliano Martinez and Emiliano Buendia, Tottenham’s Giovani Lo Celso and Cristian Romero – due to an alleged breach of quarantine regulations.

It turned out to be its own kind of spectacle, and Brazil’s players went on to entertain the supporters at the Corinthians Stadium in Sao Paulo with an open training session.

PSG’s latest superstar Messi didn’t get a chance to dazzle on the pitch, but he offered a reminder of his supreme quality with a flawless free-kick prior to kick off. Granted, there was no wall – but he placed it perfectly into the top corner, and there’s something immensely satisfying about watching the spin of the ball in slo-mo replays.

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