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Sport Lionel Messi produced one of the best nutmegs of his career during Argentina 1-0 Paraguay

09:20  22 june  2021
09:20  22 june  2021 Source:   givemesport.com

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Lionel Andrés Messi (Spanish pronunciation: [ljoˈnel anˈdɾes ˈmesi] (listen); born 24 June 1987) is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a forward and captains both Spanish club Barcelona

Messi came close to combining his 147th appearance with yet another goal on 18 minutes when he fired a free-kick from the edge of the box and just missed the Puebla keeper’s bottom right corner. Argentina thought they got a second in the first minute of stoppage time when Gomez’s cross down the left flank bounced off Junior Alonso and ended up in the Paraguayan ’s own net. However, the referee and VAR overruled the goal as Messi was offside and blocking Silva’s vision in the build-up when Di Maria produced a long-range effort. Paraguay showed grit throughout the encounter with

Argentina's Copa America campaign is really beginning to take shape.

a man with a football ball on a field: Lionel Messi could nutmeg a mermaid! © GiveMeSport Lionel Messi could nutmeg a mermaid!

After a lacklustre 1-1 draw in their opening match against Chile, the South American nation have won two games on the bounce, the latest a 1-0 win over Paraguay in the early hours of Tuesday morning UK time.

The result means La Albiceleste have now officially qualified for the knockout stages of the Copa America with a group game to spare.

Sevilla midfielder Alejandro Gomez grabbed the only goal against Paraguay in the 10th-minute of a tense match at the Estadio Nacional de Brasília.

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Is this how the greatest player of all time finishes his tortured national team career ? Argentina has played twice in the ongoing Copa America. After a comprehensive 2- 0 loss to Colombia on Saturday, even unfancied Paraguay , which couldn’t even muster victory against little Qatar Argentina is a team devoid of identity and heart, the two things it once had in spades. It plays a weird blend of direct soccer and the short-passing sequences in which Messi thrives. But it winds up not really playing either. And with a raft of core players aged out or rendered irrelevant, while some of the best young prospects

Lionel Messi celebrates with his Argentina teammates after scoring against Chile in the Copa América. Photograph: Ricardo Moraes/Reuters. T he ball comes to Lionel Messi in midfield. He returns it with a disdainful flick of the foot that says: I can’t do anything with this. I don’t want it. Take it back.

Angel Di Maria's perfectly-weighted through ball found Gomez in space inside the box and the former Atalanta man produced a wonderful chipped finish to beat Anthony Silva in the Paraguay goal.

The move was unsurprisingly started by Lionel Messi, the team's talisman picking the ball up from deep and charging at the opposing defence to create space for his colleagues.

Argentina's goal vs Paraguay

It really was a vintage forward run from Messi and in stoppage-time, the Barcelona superstar capped off another stellar display with a trademark nutmeg.

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The Barcelona superstar tormented Paraguay mercilessly as the favorites produced their best display of the tournament and advanced to a showdown with Chile in Saturday's final. Although Messi failed to end his run of more than 900 minutes without an international goal from open play, he turned creator as Argentina tore Paraguay apart. Argentina 's Javier Pastore (C) celebrates with teammates Lionel Messi (L) and Pablo Zabaleta after scoring against Paraguay during their Copa America semi-final match in Concepcion, Chile, on June 30, 2015.

Lionel Messi may not have scored in Argentina 's 6- 1 victory over Paraguay but he was still at his best with this incredible dribble in the Copa America.

After making one Paraguay player fall to the turf, the 33-year-old then nonchalantly popped the ball through Santiago Arzamendia's legs and carried on with his day.

Check out the latest moment of magic from arguably the greatest footballer in history for yourself below.

Messi's nutmeg

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Stop that, Leo!

No footballer in the world today - or possibly in history - pulls off a nutmeg better than the six-time Ballon d'Or winner.

Messi's appearance against Paraguay was his 147th for Argentina, meaning he is now the joint-most capped player in the nation's history alongside former teammate, Javier Mascherano.

Shortly after the match, Messi posted on Instagram: “Another important win to keep growing. I’m proud to have been able to wear the sky blue and white shirt as many times as my friend Masche, who I love very much and have always respected and admired.”

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Well played, Leo.

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Featuring a lovely assist from Sergio Aguero.Argentina topped their group by taking 10 points from 12 available to set up a meeting with Ecuador in the first round of the knockout stages, and they’re looking in fine fettle with their talisman delivering the goods.

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