Lionel Messi and Barcelona teammates play blind football with Spain's Paralympic team

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FC Barcelona have this week posted a video on their official Twitter account of Lionel Messi and some of his teammates playing in a 5-a-side contest against the Spanish blind Paralympic team.

Blindfolded, members of the Barca team took on the Paralympians in an exhibition organised by Sports charity Unicef, in order to celebrate it's 'awareness for children with disabilities' campaign, #thisability.

It's aim is to make the game of football accessible to more and more children despite any disabilities they may have.


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The video shows a slightly nervous looking Barcelona team in the build up, with one of their opponents literally running a ring around Ivan Rakitic while they prepared to take on the Paralympic football stars in a penalty shootout.

Playing blind football turned out to be a difficult task for the Catalan giants, with the first two kick takers failing to find the net.

It would be down to one man in the end, and naturally, that man would be life-long Barcelona superstar Messi, who'd had his effort knocked in off the post by the Paralympic goalkeeper.

Unfortunately for Barcelona, the one goal would not be enough to seal victory.

The final penalty for the Paralympians was hit sweetly and straight through the legs of the Barca 'keeper, ending the charity contest in a draw. A fitting result for the occasion.

You can watch the brilliant video below.

Messi has dedicated a lot of his time to Unicef activities throughout his professional career at Barcelona, and has recently been made an official ambassador for the organisation.

The Argentine forward has had one of the most prestigious careers in football history, winning a vast array of both club and individual honors.

On January 11 of this year, Messi was awarded the Ballon d'Or for a record fifth time in his career.

As well as his Ballon d'Or triumphs, Messi has won the FIFA U-20 World Cup, gold in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, and he spear-headed the Argentina campaign for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, where the Argentinians made it to the final of the competition.

Messi joined Barcelona at schoolboy age, when he was recruited to their 'La Masia' football academy.

He has gone on to make 350 appearances for the club, scoring a massive 314 goals.

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