Lionel Messi has embarrassed practically every one of the world’s great goalkeepers during his illustrious career, so Carlos Lampe shouldn’t feel too downbeat when he wakes up today.
However, the poor Bolivian keeper was left red-faced by the world’s best player during Tuesday night’s Copa America match against Argentina.
Messi ran behind the defence and squared up to Lampe, who was brutally nutmegged by Argentina’s number 10. (Scroll down this page to watch the video).
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The assistant referee had, incidentally, already raised his flag for offside - but, judging by the body language of the two players, it didn’t appear as if either of them knew at the time.
Had the referee not blown his whistle for offside, it would have been one of the cheekiest goals of all time.
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Video: Messi's cheeky nutmeg
Here's another view from the stands...
Replays showed that Messi was probably offside by the slimmest of margins. Although there was little in it, it appeared to be the correct call.
Nevertheless, everyone was still stunned by what they’d just witnessed.
One of the American co-commentators summed it up perfectly: “I’ve been watching soccer for a long time and when you see a guy do that to a goalkeeper, I just shake my head.”
Here’s how Twitter reacted…
Argentina seal place in quarter-finals
Messi only entered the fray as a second-half substitute, with Argentina already 3-0 up at half-time thanks to goals from Erik Lamela, Ezequiel Lavezzi and Victor Cuesta.
The score remained the same at full-time as Argentina booked their place in the Copa America quarter-finals.
Gerardo Martino’s men will now face Venezuela on Saturday in Foxborough.
Argentina are desperate to win this year’s special edition of the Copa America; the last major trophy they won was the 1993 Copa America in Ecuador.
And while Messi may have won a gold medal with his national team at the 2008 Olympic games, victory in the Copa would be his greatest achievement at international level - along with reaching the 2014 World Cup final - yet.
Will Lionel Messi win the Ballon d’Or if he helps Argentina secure the Copa America title? Have your say by leaving a comment below.
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