Every great footballer has at least one stand-out moment in their career that will forever cement their place in the annals of history
Every great footballer has at least one stand-out moment in their career that will forever cement their place in the annals of history.
Think Pele dummying the Uruguayan goalkeeper at the 1970 World Cup, Diego Maradona‘s ‘Hand of God’ against England, Ronaldo‘s Champions League hat-trick at Old Trafford, Ronaldinho‘s standing-ovation-earning performance at the Bernabéu, Zinedine Zidane‘s Champions League final winning volley, Cristiano Ronaldo‘s Puskas Award winning thunderbolt against Porto and Nicklas Bendtner showing us his underpants at Euro 2012.
Lionel Messi’s career has so far yielded many, many memorable moments and one of the first and most memorable of all took place exactly a decade ago today. The then 19-year-old Barcelona youngster scored an incredible solo goal against Getafe in the 2007 Copa del Rey semi-final which, to this day, still gets better and better every time you watch it.
The goal became known as the ‘Messidona’ due to its striking similarity to Argentine legend Diego Maradona’s goal against England at the 1986 World Cup in Mexico. Both players ran for just over 20 seconds with Maradona covering 62 metres and Messi 60. Both beat six opponents and touched the ball 13 times each.
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Javier Paredes was the first Getafe defender Messi left in his wake that day. “I could have fouled him at that point,” the now CD Ebro left-back said years later. “But I didn’t think it was a good option because it would have cost me a yellow card and I never thought he would do what he did.”
“With hindsight it’s very easy to say we should have brought him down,” added a wistful Nacho Pérez, the player nut-megged by Messi in the build-up to the goal.
An often forgotten detail is that Getafe actually went on to eliminate Barcelona from the Copa del Rey that season and Messi’s goal counted for nothing.
Since that day, however, the Argentine has been awarded the Ballon D’or six times, won six La Liga titles, four Copa del Reys and three Champions Leagues. Not bad. Not bad at all.
“It is the most beautiful goal I’ve ever seen,” said Messi’s former Barcelona team-mate Deco. “And, don’t forget, I’ve seen Ronaldo, Maradona and Ronaldinho live.”
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