There was a bizarre moment in the Copa America match between Argentina and Uruguay last night, as Barcelona's Lionel Messi and Atletico Madrid's Diego Godin were filmed in perfect synchronisation in the moments after the final whistle.
As soon as the game ended, both players - the captains of their respective nations, incidentally - bent over, put their hands on their knees, and bowed their heads at exactly the same time.
Was this a glitch in the matrix? Proof that Messi is, in fact, an extraterrestrial? We’re open to all suggestions because it’s freaked us out a bit. (To view the strange incident, scroll down this page and watch the video).
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Argentina won the ill-tempered match 1-0, with the only goal of the game coming from Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero, 10 minutes into the second half.
Tata Martino’s side have taken four points from their opening two matches - they threw away a two-goal lead against Paraguay on Saturday - and are on course to qualify for the knockout rounds.
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Godin warned teammates about Messi
Uruguay, meanwhile, will need to defeat Paraguay in their final and final Group B match this weekend in order to guarantee their place in the next round - although there’s still a possibility they will progress even if they finish third in the group.
Uruguay managed to nullify the threat of Messi, who Godin knows all about thanks to their battles in La Liga.
"There is no formula to stop Messi, otherwise someone would have already achieved it," the talismanic central defender was quoted as saying by Goal.com before the match. "There is no single recipe; it's a team effort. We must do it together because if not it's impossible he won't hurt us."
Messi desperate to win Copa America
Messi is desperate to win this summer’s showpiece international tournament in Chile, to help Argentina end their 22-year wait for silverware.
The four-time Ballon d’Or winner came agonisingly close to winning the World Cup last summer - Argentina were beaten by Germany in the final - and that near miss has made him even more determined to win a major trophy with his national team.
Furthermore, should he lift the trophy in Santiago next month, Messi will be the overwhelming favourite to win a record-breaking fifth Ballon d’Or in January - putting him two clear of Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo.
Is this video proof that Lionel Messi is some sort of alien? Have your say in the comments below!