A moment of pure magic from Lionel Messi has lifted Barcelona to the top of La Liga after a close fought 1-0 victory over Atletico Madrid.
The maestro picked the ball up in the 85th minute 40 metres from goal before a trademark surge towards the opponent’s goal.
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He then played a neat one-two with Luiz Suarez at the top of the box before effortlessly curling the ball low and hard past Jon Oblak.
The goal marked the first time Messi had scored at Atletico’s Wanda Metropolitano.
Social media and football fans went into meltdown at the sheer ease Messi was able to slice through one of the best defences in the world.
Messi isn't clutch they say, what a goal from Messi in the 86th minute. pic.twitter.com/YpWhswtL8Z— Mbappísta (@MbappeBDR) December 1, 2019
Messi defines football. What a goal.pic.twitter.com/V6j9ZRGdce— BU Videos/Gifs (@BU_Videos) December 1, 2019
the sheer inevitability of lionel messi pic.twitter.com/O1jm5YjdOv— Gene Oliver (@genepoli) December 1, 2019
Lionel Messi isn't fair. He makes it look so damn easy. 1-0, Barcelona.pic.twitter.com/5pyaBwPmnh— Shahan Ahmed (@shahanLA) December 1, 2019
Oh Messi, what a goal. The diminutive dios scores yet another beauty. 👏🏻👏🏻— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) December 1, 2019
The winning goal was a timely reminder ahead of the Ballon d’or awards tomorrow, which Messi will jostle with Liverpool defender Virgil Van Dijk for the title.
Barcelona leapfrogged Real Madrid to move one point ahead at the top of the La Liga table.