Lionel Messi: 5 Best Videos of the World’s Best Soccer Player

Wednesday, Barcelona’s Lionel Messi—as he is wont to do—did something that had never been done before. In a match against German club Bayer Leverkusen, the Argentine superstar became the first player to score five goals in a Champions League match.

In honor of Leo’s hat-trick-with-two-extra-hats, here are five videos that showcase the skills of the world’s greatest soccer player.

5. Messi scores 5 goals against Bayer Leverkusen

If you missed the highlights from Messi’s record-setting performance, here are all five of the goals he scored in Barcelona’s 7-1 takedown of Bayer Leverkusen:

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4. 222 Messi goals in 13 minutes

Since joining Barcelona in 2004, Leo has scored 228 goals. He led La Liga in goals scored in 2009-10 and finished second last year. This season, he is La Liga’s second leading scorer, two goals behind Cristiano Ronaldo. Messi’s 49 goals in European Cup and Champions League play are good for fourth all time (excluding qualifying rounds), and Leo is only 24 years old.

To give you a better appreciation of Messi’s goal-scoring proficiency, one ambitious Leo fan put together this 13-minute video of Messi’s first 222 goals with Barcelona.


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3. Messi’s top 5 assists of the 2011-12 season

While Messi has been among La Liga’s leaders in goals scored in each of the past four seasons, he’s also spent several years near the top of the assists table. Here is a video of Leo’s five best assists from the 2011-12 season.

 

(You can watch the first 92 of Messi’s 93 assists for Barcelona here. And you can watch five incredible passes that weren’t assists here.)

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2. Lionel Messi: The “Master of Dribbling”

Some of the most impressive work that Messi does on the pitch doesn’t show up on the stat tables. This two-part video highlights Leo’s unparalleled dribbling skills.

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1. Messi never dives

Perhaps the most common criticism of soccer is the tendency of some high-profile players to flop and dive, exaggerating incidental contact in the hope that the referee will show an opposing player a penalty card. Messi’s fans take pride in knowing that their favorite player doesn’t dive (at least not very often).

To illustrate this point, one Leo fan put together this video of Messi not diving, despite having ample opportunities to do so.

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What is your favorite Lionel Messi moment?

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About Josh Tinley

Josh Tinley writes the Away From The Action column at Midwest Sports Fans, covering all aspects of sport aside from what actually happens on the field, court, or track. Josh grew up in Indianapolis and graduated from the University of Evansville and Vanderbilt Divinity School. He is the author of Kneeling in the End Zone: Spiritual Lessons From the World of Sports and the managing editor of LinC, a weekly curriculum for teens that explores the intersection of faith and culture. Josh lives outside Nashville with his wife, Ashlee, and children, Meyer (7), Resha Kate (5), and Malachi (3). He will not allow himself to die before the Evansville Purple Aces make another trip to the NCAA Tournament. Follow him on Twitter @joshtinley or send him an e-mail.

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