Football fans are split on whether Lionel Messi's bottle flip video is real or fake

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Lionel Messi is capable of anything with a football at his feet.

The Argentinian’s skills, which have helped him win five Ballon d’Ors, have left many fans convinced that he is the greatest of all-time.

Rarely a week goes by without Messi producing a magical moment for Barcelona, especially this season.

The 31-year-old has failed to score or assist in just four matches in the 2018-19 campaign, a truly ridiculous stat given that he’s played in 28 games.

He’s a genuine artist but fans are split on whether his latest stunt is real or fake.

Messi has posted a behind the scenes video on Instagram as he filmed an advert for Pepsi.

He is seen placing a bottle on top of a football before chipping the ball through a hoop, while the bottle flips through the air and lands perfectly on the floor.

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Messi video splits fans

It’s certainly among the best bottle flip challenge entries to be submitted.

But is it real? Some, knowing what Messi is capable of, think so.

But others aren’t convinced, with one fan suggesting that the bottle changes speed while landing.

Ultimately, while it’s possible it was digitally altered, there’s every chance Messi really did pull it off.

The video is similar in mystique to the famous Ronaldinho video from 2005, in which the former Brazil star repeatedly smashed a football against a crossbar in a Nike advert.

That video became the first on YouTube to reach 1 million views.

Sceptics said it was fake, but many were ready to give Ronaldinho the benefit of the doubt.

Messi is enjoying yet another fine season for Barcelona but it remains to be seen whether he will play against Athletic Bilbao on Sunday.

The forward picked up a thigh injury in the closing stages of Barcelona’s 2-2 draw against Valencia last week and started Wednesday’s Copa del Rey clash against Real Madrid on the bench.

Messi didn’t participate in Friday’s training session, per Marca.

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