We all ran out of superlatives to describe Lionel Messi a long time ago.
The Barcelona forward, regarded by many as the greatest footballer in history, never ceases to amaze.
He might be 31 years old now and approaching the final years of his illustrious career, but there’s still no player on the planet capable of doing what he does.
Just days after pulling off one of the most remarkable pieces of skill we’ve ever witnessed - that inexplicable nutmeg against Atletico Madrid’s Filipe Luis - Messi scored one of the solo goals of the season so far against PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League.
The Argentine forward weaved in and out of several PSV defenders before lashing the ball past goalkeeper Jeroen Zoet at his near post.
It was a truly magnificent goal, although Messi has made the extraordinary look completely normal so often during his career that moments such as this aren’t surprising.
"I'm not entirely sure how Messi scored that goal," Barça boss Ernesto Valverde admitted after the match.
He wasn’t the only one baffled by Messi’s brilliance.
The angle of Messi’s solo effort from behind the goal is particularly good.
One Messi fan has uploaded the footage on a tweet, alongside a caption which is completely accurate.
“This is why I don’t take those awards seriously,” @InspiredByMessi tweeted. “Who needs a golden ball when everything you touch on the pitch turns to gold.”
So, so true.
If the Ballon d’Or was awarded to the world’s most talented player each year, Messi’s personal trophy cabinet would be overflowing with the prestigious individual accolades.
He currently has five Ballon d’Or awards to his name - but is extremely unlikely to land his hands on this year’s trophy, despite his majestic performances over the calendar year.
Luka Modric is expected to become the first player to win the Ballon d’Or not named Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo next month after helping Real Madrid win the Champions League before inspiring Croatia to the World Cup final.
The midfielder faces competition from the likes of Ronaldo, Antoine Griezmann, Raphael Varane and Kylian Mbappe.
Messi, meanwhile, is expected to miss out on the top three - which seems almost perverse given the fact he’s still the world’s most gifted player.
However, individual awards have never meant all that much to Messi.
As long as his teams are winning, that’s the most important thing to this once-in-a-lifetime talent.News Now - Sport News