Messi scores 2 fantastic goals in friendly (video)

Lionel Messi goal
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Barcelona hasn’t improved a ton but it still has the best player in the world and that means another year of Lionel Messi golazo videos from Catalonia.

Messi scored two Wednesday in a friendly against former La Liga mates Girona and both were pretty darn marvelous.

The first was especially nice. Barca led 1-0 on a Philippe Coutinho goal and the match was about to meet stoppage time when the pink-clad Pulga Atomica took a short pass on the edge of the 18 and turned his mark before stroking a shot off the far post and into the goal.

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Without a crowd, you can catch the audible “Woah!” from the crowd. Stick around for the behind Messi camera angle to see the vicious spin he puts on it.

He’d add another at the other end in near carbon-copy fashion, the finish only slightly-less aesthetically-pleasing due to his going across his body to pot the ball near post.

Messi went 63 minutes in match, departing with Barca up 3-1.

One day this cat’s gonna retire and the sport’s going to be worse for it.

Barcelona hosts Elche for the Joan Gamper Trophy on Saturday before kicking off its La Liga campaign with a visit from Villarreal on Sept. 27.