Video goes viral remembering Lionel Messi embarrassing Man Utd with his dribbling in 2008

Lionel Messi can do it all on the football pitch.

But arguably his greatest trait he possesses is his incredible dribbling skills.

Since making his debut for Barcelona in 2004, Messi has made hundreds, maybe even thousands of players look silly on the pitch.

And one of his best dribbling performances in his career to date actually came against Manchester United in 2008.

Barcelona travelled to Old Trafford for their Champions League semi-final second leg on April 29, 2008.

Messi, just 20 years old at the time, was just beginning to emerge into one of the best players in the world and was in the starting lineup for the away side.

United ran out 1-0 winners thanks to a Paul Scholes screamer but Messi was untouchable with the ball at his feet on the night.

A video has emerged on Twitter remembering his dribbling performance that evening.

It’s titled: “Throwback to 20 year old Lionel Messi with one of the best dribbling displays ever in the Champions League against prime Manchester United. Running the show.”

The two-minute compilation video is a great watch and you can view it below:

United simply couldn’t get the ball off Messi that day. He was just 20 years old but was terrorising the best team in the world at the time.

Paul Scholes found out the hard way just how hard it was to stop Messi, even in his early years.

He appeared to foul the Argentine in the box in the first half but, fortunately for him, the referee did not give away a penalty.

And Messi bamboozled the United midfielder with some rapid feet in the second half.

Cristiano Ronaldo was also among the players that found themselves embarrassed by Messi that game.

Scholes later spoke about how he tried to stay as far as possible away from Messi when they played.

“I am not ashamed to admit that in the games against Barcelona I spent a lot of the time just hoping he would take up positions as far away from me as possible,” Scholes told the Independent.

“Elusive is the word that immediately springs to mind when I think about Messi’s style of play. You think you have an eye on him and then – blink – he has gone, only to reappear somewhere else in space, with the ball.

“When you try to face up to him and make a tackle you know what it is he is going to do with the ball. The problem is staying with him.”

Given what he did to him at Old Trafford in 2008, it’s no wonder why Scholes never wanted to come up directly against Messi again.

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