Saturday 25 January 2020

Lionel Messi shows off goalkeeping skills during Barcelona training session

IT seems Barcelona forward Lionel Messi's talents know no bounds. A day after scoring his 50th goal for the Catalan club this season, the 24-year-old showed off his skills between the posts during a training session yesterday.

Barcelona captain Carles Puyol tTweeted a picture of the Argentina striker making full-stretch save accompanied by the caption: "I have seen everything now. Even as a goalkeeper he does well this little phenomenon."

Messi followed his five-goal outburst in the Champions League last Wednesday with two more strikes in Sunday's 2-0 victory at Racing Santander to move within five goals of matching the all-time club scoring record held by Cesar Rodriguez.

The Argentina forward has scored seven goals in the last week but remains humble about the praise coming his way and has instead said none of it would be possible without the guidance of manager Pep Guardiola.

"Guardiola is more important to Barca," Messi said when asked whether he or his coach was more important to the team. "His arrival changed everything, for (the players) and for the club. Everything that has been achieved was achieved with him. Guardiola is fundamental to Barcelona's project.

"Obviously the club and (players) will continue on but it would be very different without him. It would be very difficult to find another coach who can achieve everything he has and who would make this team play the way he does. This is his team."

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