Christmas advent calendar countdown: Lionel Messi, December 23

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From December 1st until December 25th, one goal will be presented each day. The goals in the calendar have all been scored within the since January 1st this year.

The goals have been picked out by a jury of three people after a thorough review of the football year.

The day before Christmas eve will be graced by Lionel Messi's dazzling solo performance against Getafe in last season's Copa del Rey.



Glenn Strömberg once said that Lionel Messi is like a liquid when he plays - he just slips through the cracks. That is a very accurate description.

Messi's characteristics are so unique; his control is extremely rare and should be impossible to achieve. The first shuffle is amazing (and just like always, he doesn't dive).

Then, he lets the ball roll between the legs of the last opponent. Fooling the goalkeeper before finally putting it in the net doesn't hurt the performance either. Simply breathtaking.

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Not even two weeks ago, Barcelona failed to score and left Coloseum Alfonso Perez with one point. Getafe should not be underestimated when it comes to defending solidly, and yet Messi managed to score in this incredible fashion.

This is certainly not the most important goal of the year, but it is definitely one of the absolute best.

Watch the goal HERE


The goals have been examined on the following points...


- Plain and simple. The goals have been rated in regard of the skill displayed.


- Resistance includes anything that might have affected the level of the opposition.

If a goal means the difference between win and draw, it has been higher valued than a 7-0 goal scored in the 90th minute. The base quality of the team who conceded has also been taken into account.

In order for it to be in the calendar, a goal has to have been scored in one of the following competitions...

- The FIFA World Cup
- UEFA Champions League
- Barclays Premier League
- FA Cup
- Liga BBVA
- Copa del Rey
- Serie A
- Coppa Italia
- Ligue 1
- Coupe de France
- Bundesliga
- DFB-Pokal

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