As part of adidas’s ‘Backed by Mess’ campaign, the four-time Ballon d’or winner demonstrated how to score a perfect 20-yard free-kick past a makeshift wall and a goalkeeper.
The world’s best player strolled up, pointed to the direction he was about to place the ball - in order to give the keeper a little bit of a chance - and dispatched it over the wall and into the corner of the net. Perfection. (Scroll down this page to watch Messi’s free-kick).
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In the same video we then see LA Galaxy forward Gyasi Zardes, Palermo winger Accursio Bentivegna and Lokomotiv Moscow midfielder Aleksei Miranchuk also attempt to score Messi-esque free-kicks.
Doing it in training is one thing, but doing it during a match is quite another. However, Messi has scored a couple of world-class free-kicks against Real Madrid over the years. Click HERE to watch nine times the Argentina international has single-handedly destroyed Los Blancos.
Video: Lionel Messi's perfect free-kick
Messi to start on bench v Real Madrid
While every Barcelona fan will be hoping that Messi makes the starting line-up at the Bernabeu this weekend, it’s very unlikely that Luis Enrique will name him amongst the starting eleven.
The 28-year-old has been out-of-action since September - after injuring his knee against Las Palmas - and will have to make do with a place on the substitutes’ bench.
However, his mere presence on the bench could be enough to give Barcelona a psychological edge over their great rivals.
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