Lionel Messi handed the goalkeeper his boots.

Marcelo Barovero froze after Lionel Messi gesture

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River Plate goalkeeper Marcelo Barovero may well have conceded three goals against Spanish giants Barcelona in the Fifa Club World Cup back in December, but that didn't stop him completing the dream of his son. 

Barovero has recalled the moment that he managed to stop Messi from opening the scoring in the 12th minute in Yokohama.

Messi would later go on to score the opener, but it appears that Barovero - and his son - will never forget the moment he managed to stop the Argentine from finding the back of the net. 


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"He came close to me and helped me up and stroked my head," Barovero said, as per Sport, speaking about a save in the 12th minute. "And I told him I had just completed the dream of my son, to stop a shot from Messi."

But that's not the end of the story; in fact, following the clash, a gesture from the Barcelona superstar left the River Plate goalkeeper in shock. 

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Messi gesture 

Indeed, Messi handed the 'keeper the shirt of Claudio Bravo - he had already promised his own shirt to another player - and his boots, stating that they were for his son. 

"Messi left the dressing room with Bravo's shirt and his boots," he said. "And he told me, 'the boots are for your son'. I froze. It was a very big gesture."

You can certainly understand why Barovero froze following the gesture...

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Ultimately, Messi is recognised as one of the greatest players on the planet and continues to prove his credentials on the grandest stage. 

But can Messi and his side emulate last year's heroics? 

Brilliant Barcelona

Five trophies in 2015 was quite the feat, of course, but Enrique's side look stronger than ever right now. 

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Barcelona are currently unbeaten in 36 games and have won 17 in a row if you forget about their insignificant 1-1 draw in the Copa del Rey against Valencia. 

With an eight-point advantage at the summit of La Liga, a Copa del Rey final on the horizon and one foot in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, there could be no stopping this side. 

No team has ever retained the Champions League in its current format, but this Barcelona side could do just that. 

With Messi leading the way, and the superstar duo of Neymar and Luis Suarez accompanying him, the Catalans could be set for yet another historic campaign. The goals from Messi could inspire the side to further success in the immediate future. 

Will Barcelona emulate last season's success? Have your say below! 

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