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Never seen anything like it: Messi scores Panenka free-kick as Barca beat Espanyol (VIDEO)

Youd imagine Lionel Messi is running out of new ground to break with his footballing genius but the ..

By Sunday Herald Team , in Sports , at March 30, 2019

Youd imagine Lionel Messi is running out of new ground to break with his footballing genius but the Barcelona star took things up another notch by scoring a Panenka-style free-kick against Espanyol in La Liga on Saturday.

Messi struck twice inside the last 20 minutes at the Nou Camp to seal the win for Barca in the Catalan derby and put them 13 points clear at the top of La Liga.

READ MORE: Stunning Messi solo strike voted Barcelonas greatest ever goal (VIDEO)

Messis second was a well-taken finish on 89 minutes when he turned home a powerful Malcom cross from 15 yards out, but it was the Argentines first goal that had the internet buzzing.

Having struggled to break down a resilient Espanyol backline, Barca won a free-kick in Messi territory right on the edge of the box.

The proximity of the ball to goal, however, meant that it would take something special to get the ball up and over the wall and trouble Diego Lopez in the Espanyol goal.

But ever the magician, Messi had something special up his sleeve as his dinked the ball softly over the wall in a Panenka style normally associated with cheeky penalty kicks.

The ploy took Espanyol unawares, as Lopez scrambled across his line and Victor Sanchez dashed back in vain, only the help the ball into the net with his head.

Messi was credited with the goal, and his audacious strike had the more than 90,000 fans at the Nou Camp gushing, as well as the internet fawning yet again over a man who has seemingly taken Panenka penalties into a whole new genre.

Who is watching Barca's game.

Messi just scored a paneka free-kick.

I'm not making this up.

— the Morris Monye factor (@monye_morris) March 30, 2019

Messi reached yet more key milestones in the game on Saturday, moving up into second outright on the list of all-time Barcelona appearances, ahead of midfield legend Andres Iniesta and behind only Xavi.

Messi s double also meant he has registered at least 40 goals in each season for the past decade, testament to the 31-year-olds incredible longevity at the very top of the game.

2009/10: 47
2010/11: 53
2011/12: 73
2012/13: 60
2013/14: 41
2014/15: 58
2015/16: 41
2016/17: 54
2017/18: 45
2018/19: 40

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Never seen anything like it: Messi scores Panenka free-kick as Barca beat Espanyol (VIDEO)

Youd imagine Lionel Messi is running out of new ground to break with his footballing genius but the ..

By Sunday Herald Team , in Sports , at March 30, 2019

Youd imagine Lionel Messi is running out of new ground to break with his footballing genius but the Barcelona star took things up another notch by scoring a Panenka-style free-kick against Espanyol in La Liga on Saturday.

Messi struck twice inside the last 20 minutes at the Nou Camp to seal the win for Barca in the Catalan derby and put them 13 points clear at the top of La Liga.

READ MORE: Stunning Messi solo strike voted Barcelonas greatest ever goal (VIDEO)

Messis second was a well-taken finish on 89 minutes when he turned home a powerful Malcom cross from 15 yards out, but it was the Argentines first goal that had the internet buzzing.

Having struggled to break down a resilient Espanyol backline, Barca won a free-kick in Messi territory right on the edge of the box.

The proximity of the ball to goal, however, meant that it would take something special to get the ball up and over the wall and trouble Diego Lopez in the Espanyol goal.

But ever the magician, Messi had something special up his sleeve as his dinked the ball softly over the wall in a Panenka style normally associated with cheeky penalty kicks.

The ploy took Espanyol unawares, as Lopez scrambled across his line and Victor Sanchez dashed back in vain, only the help the ball into the net with his head.

Messi was credited with the goal, and his audacious strike had the more than 90,000 fans at the Nou Camp gushing, as well as the internet fawning yet again over a man who has seemingly taken Panenka penalties into a whole new genre.

Who is watching Barca's game. (more…)

Never seen anything like it: Messi scores Panenka free-kick as Barca beat Espanyol (VIDEO)

Youd imagine Lionel Messi is running out of new ground to break with his footballing genius but the ..

By Sunday Herald Team , in Sports , at March 30, 2019

Youd imagine Lionel Messi is running out of new ground to break with his footballing genius but the Barcelona star took things up another notch by scoring a Panenka-style free-kick against Espanyol in La Liga on Saturday.

Messi struck twice inside the last 20 minutes at the Nou Camp to seal the win for Barca in the Catalan derby and put them 13 points clear at the top of La Liga.

READ MORE: Stunning Messi solo strike voted Barcelonas greatest ever goal (VIDEO)

Messis second was a well-taken finish on 89 minutes when he turned home a powerful Malcom cross from 15 yards out, but it was the Argentines first goal that had the internet buzzing.

Having struggled to break down a resilient Espanyol backline, Barca won a free-kick in Messi territory right on the edge of the box.

The proximity of the ball to goal, however, meant that it would take something special to get the ball up and over the wall and trouble Diego Lopez in the Espanyol goal.

But ever the magician, Messi had something special up his sleeve as his dinked the ball softly over the wall in a Panenka style normally associated with cheeky penalty kicks.

The ploy took Espanyol unawares, as Lopez scrambled across his line and Victor Sanchez dashed back in vain, only the help the ball into the net with his head.

Messi was credited with the goal, and his audacious strike had the more than 90,000 fans at the Nou Camp gushing, as well as the internet fawning yet again over a man who has seemingly taken Panenka penalties into a whole new genre.

Who is watching Barca's game. (more…)

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