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Lionel Messi does keepy-uppies with an orange

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After picking up an orange, most normal people would obviously peel it and eat it. But Lionel Messi isn’t your average Joe - when the Barcelona superstar picks up an orange, he likes to do a few keepy-uppies first, presumably to test whether or not it’s ripe - who knows.

The Twitter account @TeamMessi have published a 15-second video showing Messi picking up the item of fruit before doing kick-ups with both his left and right feet - it’s pretty impressive (Scroll down this page to see the video).

Messi’s Barcelona teammate Neymar was filmed doing something similar earlier this month, except the Brazil star went one better: juggling not only an orange but also a toilet roll and football socks. (You can also see that video by scrolling down this page).

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Messi has been sidelined since late September after injuring his knee in Barcelona’s 2-1 win over Las Palmas.

However, the reigning European champions have coped reasonably well in the absence of the four-time Ballon d’Or winner, securing seven victories from nine matches.

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Video: Messi juggles an orange

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Luis Suarez and Neymar, in particular, have been superb in recent weeks. The former has nine goals in ten La Liga matches this term, while the latter has scored 11 in 10.

Messi to win fifth Ballon d'Or in January

Messi, now 28, currently has three league goals to his name this season. The Argentina international has scored at least 23 league goals in each of the past seven seasons and, despite his lengthy spell on the sidelines, it would be a shock if he doesn’t at least hit the 20-mark again this campaign.

It seems certain that Messi will win a record-breaking fifth Ballon d’Or in January after inspiring Barcelona to another historic treble last season, and football fans can’t wait to see the world’s most talented footballer back in action later this month, hopefully in time for the Clasico.

Video: Neymar juggles everything

Bonus video: Diego Maradona juggles an orange - and more

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