Lionel Messi has blown the mind of every football fan at least once.
It’s impossible to have gone the best part of two decades watching the Paris Saint-Germain superstar without having to question what you’ve just seen on pretty much a yearly basis.
Whether it’s his legendary goal against Getafe or one of infinite stunners against Real Madrid, the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner has the ability to pull about one thousand rabbits out of a hat.
The genius of Messi
Yes, Ronaldo can leave you in disbelief with his own moments of magic, too, but there’s a certain immeasurable genius – a je ne sais quoi, if you will – to the way that Messi goes about his work.
And just as those Messi masterpieces lifted us to our feet in our living rooms and local pubs, some of football’s most famous figures have also been seen having their minds blown by the little magician.
Twitter thread of crazy reactions to Messi goals
Thankfully for us, many of those moments have been caught on camera with everyone from Pep Guardiola to Thierry Henry and Rio Ferdinand to Carles Puyol left in a state of disbelief by Messi.
And you’re in the right place if you want to see those natural, raw and candid reactions because we’re delighted to show a fantastic Twitter thread from @BarcaEleven_ that has gone viral recently.
Amassing over 16,000 ‘likes’ and almost 2,000 retweets, it showcases the craziest reactions to Messi goals over the years and it’s fair to say that there are some absolute beauties to enjoy.
So, why not do yourself a favour and watch some of football’s most famous faces reacting just as you do to one of the greatest athletes of all time by checking out the thread’s best clips down below:
1) The keeper was SHOOK 😂 pic.twitter.com/RxOqv7jajn— Barça Eleven (@BarcaEleven_) May 14, 2022
2) Rio Ferdinand and Gary Lineker in absolute disbelief after Leo scored THAT free kick against Liverpool pic.twitter.com/oZHcNG6CzT— Barça Eleven (@BarcaEleven_) May 14, 2022
3) Pogba’s priceless reaction after Messi scored against United pic.twitter.com/gXc0PgE35n— Barça Eleven (@BarcaEleven_) May 14, 2022
4) 😅 Messi shocking the whole stadium pic.twitter.com/tMmE5bTuh0— Barça Eleven (@BarcaEleven_) May 14, 2022
6) 🍺 Ray Hudson spilling his drink after Messi scored. The 🐐 commentator pic.twitter.com/HvcS72F5Bl— Barça Eleven (@BarcaEleven_) May 14, 2022
10) 😅 Just watch Fabregas’ reaction pic.twitter.com/p5FixFAFCf— Barça Eleven (@BarcaEleven_) May 14, 2022
12) Throwback to when the Benito Villamarin applauded Messi after he scored an outrageous Puskas worthy goal pic.twitter.com/rzzWFBRmyw— Barça Eleven (@BarcaEleven_) May 14, 2022
Pure, pure gold.
What makes Messi so great
Chuck out the statistics, park the comparisons and pause the debate because no matter where you stand on Messi, there’s no denying the joy that he’s brought to the beautiful game.
Whether it’s music, art, football, cooking or rhythmic gymnastics, there’s a certain joy that comes to watching somebody achieving something that many thought was impossible within that field.
And even if you think that Messi is an overrated assist merchant who flops for Argentina – we’ll agree to disagree – the awe that he’s inspired amongst so many people is clear for all to see.
Besides, if you’re leaving entire stadiums full of opposition fans applauding you, then the chances are that you’re doing something right.