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Leo Messi and Antoine Griezmann during Atletico 1-1 Barcelona.

Lionel Messi totally bamboozled Antoine Griezmann with lovely skill during 1-1 draw

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Barcelona showed spirit on Saturday night as they came from behind to salvage a hard-fought 1-1 draw away to Atletico Madrid.

Diego Costa's first La Liga goal of the season put the hosts ahead in the 77th-minute but Ousmane Dembele came off the bench to earn the champions a point very late on.

Despite some criticism of his performance in the Spanish media, Lionel Messi was once again at the heart of most of Barca's best moves and he assisted Dembele's equaliser.

With Ernesto Valverde reverting to last year's 4-4-2 system, Messi, who didn't play for Argentina in the recent international break, became more influential as the game developed.

The first-half served up almost no goalscoring chances at all, however the Barca captain did leave Antoine Griezmann completely bamboozled with some effortless skill.

Griezmann compares himself to Messi and Ronaldo

Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, each with five Ballon d'Or awards to their name, are widely regarded as the two best players in world football.

Cristiano & Leo Messi at a FIFA award ceremony

That said, in September, Atletico star Griezmann said that he is already at the same level as both Messi and Ronaldo,and it's had fans talking ever since.

He has won the Europa League, UEFA Super Cup, and of course, the World Cup with France this year, but to compare himself to two all-time greats was a very big claim indeed.

Messi bamboozles Griezmann with classy feet

Just after the half-hour mark at the Wanda Metropolitano, Messi picked up the ball in a central area and looked to drive forwards before being confronted my multiple Atleti players.

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In typical fashion, the 31-year-old magician skipped past the first challenge, and then he was confronted by Griezmann, who'd dropped back to help defend.

The Frenchman probably wishes that he didn't because Messi totally got the better of him, showcasing his quick feet with two brilliant touches and passing the ball to Jordi Alba.

What's grabbing more attention than Messi's actual skill is the sheer mesmerised state Griezmann seemed to be in after the Argentinian's brilliance.

As you can see below, funny close-up images of Griezmann following his attempt to stop Messi have emerged, with some referring to it as the 'Four Stages of Messi'.

Messi has registered 14 goals and six assists in 14 matches this term, but on Sunday, he saw his team knocked off the top of La Liga by Sevilla.

After facing PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League, Barcelona will look to regain top spot in Spain when Villarreal visit the Nou Camp next weekend.

What are YOUR thoughts on Messi's skill to beat Griezmann? Do YOU think he is at the same level as Messi and Cristiano? Leave YOUR opinions in the comments box below!

Topics:
Football
Ernesto Valverde
Antoine Griezmann
La Liga
Atletico Madrid
Barcelona
Lionel Messi

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