One day, we’re going to be totally unimpressed when Lionel Messi casually hits a free kick over/around the wall, out of reach of the goalkeeper, and off the inside/underside of the woodwork.
Today is not that day. After the stunner he hammered past Villarreal on Sunday, Messi opted for a much more finesse, deceptive approach against Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey round of 16 on Wednesday. With goalkeeper Gorka Iraizoz, and the whole world, recalling the untouchable screamer of three days ago, Messi did the complete opposite of what any mere mortal expected. (No deflection on the way through, for the record.)
The goal, by the way, pushed Barcelona from a 3-3 aggregate score with less than 15 minutes remaining in the second leg, to a 4-3 triumph and progression into the quarterfinals. Just another ho-hum Wednesday night stroll in the park for Messi, really.