Lionel Messi: Viral footage of managers and players explaining how to stop him

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How do you stop Lionel Messi? A question that has surely been asked countless times over the course of his career.

Messi is a footballer unlike any other, taking over the planet with his alien-like brand of stylish and jaw-droppingly brilliant play.

He has won just about everything there is to win, breaking just about every single record there is to break in the process.

Along the way, he has also picked up an unprecedented seven Ballon d’Or titles to go with his mountains of other individual honours.

Never has a man plundered goals the way Messi has and, as his career starts to draw to an end, we can only look back and reminisce on just how fantastic he has been.

Of course, for us as fans that is a joyous endeavour but, for those who were tasked with stopping Messi at various times, it may be a path best avoided.

However, a video that re-emerged on social media shows, in great deal, how many a manager and player has sat and discussed ways to stop Messi, only for it to blow up in their faces.

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BARCELONA, SPAIN – DECEMBER 07: Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona lifts up his sixth Ballon d’Or prior to the Liga match between FC Barcelona and RCD Mallorca at Camp Nou on December 07, 2019 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)

In the video, Rio Ferdinand, Jose Mourinho, Antonio Conte, Thiago Silva, Alex Ferguson, Diego Simeone, Marcelino, Joe Hart, Ashley Cole, Virgil van Dijk, Jurgen Klopp, Mark van Bommel, Erik Lamela, Yaya Toure, Eric Dier, Alessandro Nesta, Arsene Wenger, Manuel Almunia, Pep Guardiola, Jerome Boating, Mauricio Pochettino, Diego Forlan, Hirving Lozano, Harry Kane, Kieran Trippier and Gianluigi Buffon all attempt to answer the question but fail to do so.

You can check it out below:

Unbelievable. The players and managers in that video represent but a small sub-section of some of the greatest to ever ply their trade on a football field.

So many others tried and failed to rein the mercurial Messi in that, if the video were to include all of them, it would be a full-length feature film.

Now, Messi will be focussing on finishing strong as he aims to improve his form with Paris Saint Germain.

He struggled to hit his regular heights last season after swapping his beloved Barcelona for Paris and will be hoping to resurrect some of that scintillating form we all know he is capable of.

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