This is Lionel Messi’s world. We’re just living in it.
After dropping an absolute masterclass in the Copa del Rey final on Saturday night, Messi really has left the footballing world scratching its head over how one footballer can actually be that good.
Copa del Rey final
I mean, it shouldn’t be surprising that Messi tore Athletic Bilbao to shreds, but the sheer audacity and genius of the nature in which he achieved it means we can’t help being spellbound once again.
And judging by how shellshocked the Athletic players looked at full-time – though it is their second Copa del Rey final defeat in a few weeks, admittedly – they were clearly blown away too.
Messi’s wonder goal
Sure, the Blaugrana were pretty dominant from the get-go, but this is a major European final we’re talking about here, emphatic four-goal victories don’t come around very often.
However, by the time Antoine Griezmann and Frenkie de Jong had fired Barcelona into a 2-0 lead, it was clear that Messi could smell blood in the water and he proceeded to enter GOAT mode.
That’s because Messi produced what will go down as one of the greatest goals in Copa del Rey history, galloping up the pitch in a team move straight out of a pinball machine.
Showing a telepathic connection with De Jong along the way, Messi ploughed through the Athletic side like a hot knife through butter and eventually capped it off with a smoothly composed finish.
Stunning angle of Messi’s goal
But just when you thought Messi’s wonder goal couldn’t get any better, a new angle has emerged that makes it look even saucier and it’s spreading across social media like wildfire.
Viewing the goal face on, the camera angle essentially puts you in the shoes of the defenders by making it feel as though Messi is rocketing closer and closer towards you like an oncoming train.
It really is a frighteningly brilliant perspective on one of the greatest goals you’re likely to see in 2021, so do yourselves a favour and check it out down below: