Lionel Messi has made scoring wonder goals into a formality across his remarkable career.
If you were to rank the 30 greatest goals that the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner has ever scored, you could rest assured that most every world-class player could only dream of scoring one of them.
Particularly during his pomp, Messi had an uncanny ability to dribble past opponents like they weren’t even there – and that led to him scoring a truly astonishing amount of individual goals.
Messi’s roster of stunners
We all remember the Diego Maradona-esque run against Getafe and that might well endure as his finest ever strike, but that booming zenith of Messi’s career was jam-packed full of goals where he breezed past multiple defenders.
And that’s why Messi is arguably completely unique in the fact that one of his so-called forgotten goals could possibly be heralded by somebody as one of the greatest that they’ve ever seen.
Not just any old person either because none other than Thierry Henry considers a stunner that you don’t necessarily see populating top ten lists to be the finest Messi strike he’s ever laid his eyes upon.
Henry on his favourite Messi goal
Speaking during the 2018 film ‘Take The Ball, Pass The Ball,’ Messi’s former teammate recalled an astonishing finish from the Argentine wizard during a La Liga clash with Malaga in the 2008/09 season.
And more so than Messi’s goal against Getafe, Henry felt particularly blown away by the manner in which Barcelona‘s all-time record scorer left everybody for dead with blink-and-you’ll-miss-it footwork.
According to the Daily Mail, Henry explained: “The best goal I’ve seen him score was against Malaga at home because that defied logic what he did.
“Diagonal ball, he controls it on his chest, runs full speed. First player goes, second player is just behind. He takes another step, that player can clear the ball.
“If he’s got the ball on his left foot here, how do you go back with that same leg and touch the ball in the air, in between the two to make sure that guy doesn’t touch it – and then almost fail but smash it into the top corner. That’s not normal.”
Take a bow, Leo
You know that your body of work is mind-blowing when you can score a wonder goal that simultaneously gets lost in the shuffle and is considered by Henry as the greatest he’s ever seen from him.
And you can easily see why Henry felt particularly enamoured with that oft-forgotten Messi strike because to be so masterfully in control of the ball against so many opponents and with so little time is beyond our comprehension.
We really are blessed that when the sad, sad day comes where Messi hangs up his boots that he’s left us with so much to remember him by that even moments of generational genius can slip our minds.