WATCH: Lionel Messi Hits Some Spectacular Trick Shots to Prepare for the World Cup

Published 04/30/2022, 2:55 PM EDT
Soccer Football – World Cup – South American Qualifiers – Argentina v Bolivia – El Monumental, Buenos Aires, Argentina – September 9, 2021 Argentina’s Lionel Messi and teammates celebrate winning Copa America after the match Pool via REUTERS/Juan Ignacio Roncoroni

Lionel Messi is still a phenomenal player even at 34. The Paris Saint Germain forward hasn’t had the best season with his club, but his performances in the last season were enough to win him the Ballon d’Or in 2021. His class as a player truly cannot be understated.

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While his performances for PSG might not reflect well on his high standards, he has been in fine form for Argentina. Messi scored several important goals during Argentina’s World Cup qualifying campaign and helped his nation reach the competition relatively easily.

Incidentally, he has always been known to practice a few trick shots on the side and always get them right. A video of Messi nutmegging a reporter who was standing about 40 meters away from him comes to mind. This time around, Messi posted a video of him hitting a ball perfectly inside a ball bag which was placed about 25 meters away from him; truly phenomenal.

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Lionel Messi and his form for PSG

While his abilities have never come under question at PSG, his goal drought is still alarming. Messi has only scored four goals in the entirety of the Ligue 1 campaign this season. He does have 13 assists to his name, but that output is still very less for the 23 games that he has played.

He was in fine form for the club in the Champions League, scoring five goals in five games in the group stages. However, he couldn’t continue his hot streak in PSG’s round-of-16 tie against Real Madrid, and PSG were knocked out of the competition.

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Argentina and their Copa America triumph

However, the same cannot be said for Messi’s form in Copa America in 2021. Messi played 7 matches in the competition and managed to score four goals with five assists on the side.

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He single-handedly took Argentina to the title and won the competition’s best player award. It’ll be interesting to see if he can keep that kind of form up for his country in the World Cup. However, given his past achievements, no one should count him out.

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Aniket Awasthi

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Aniket Awasthi is a soccer author at EssentiallySports. This STEM undergraduate combines an insatiable urge to write with his admiration for soccer to enhance his journalism. He lists charismatic names like Cristiano Ronaldo and Marcus Rashford as his favorite players, but he is a great admirer of Karim Benzema too.

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