Lionel Messi Sits Down Paraguay Player With Silky Skill in World Cup Qualifiers

Lionel Messi Sits Down Paraguay Player With Silky Skill in World Cup Qualifiers

Martin Moses
updated at October 14, 2023 at 9:56 AM
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  • Lionel Messi pulled out one of his many moves during Argentina's game against Paraguay
  • With one simple touch, the Albiceleste captain left Hector Villaba on the floor
  • Argentina won the game courtesy of a Nicolas Otamendi volley in the first-half

That Lionel Messi is one of the most skilful players in world football goes without question. He is the player that you would always look up to experience more than just goals and assists.

From the dribbles to his ability on dead balls, he ranks highly on the list of the most technically gifted players. The kind of player, as a defender, you'd have to think twice before tackling cause with one simple, swift move, he might have you questioning why you took football as a career.

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Lionel Messi in action for Argentina against Paraguay on October 13. Photo by NurPhoto.
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On October 13, it was the turn of Paraguayuan player Hector Daniel Villalba to experience the wrath(or joy for us neutrals) of the seven-time Ballon d'Or winner. Just like Messi, Villalba was introduced in the second in the World Cup qualifier match at the Estadio Mas Monumental.

Messi's skill vs Paraguay

For Messi, it doesn't matter if he played the entire game or a few minutes, he will always leave fans with something to talk about. He had a slow cameo off the bench but still managed to sit down Villalba with a silky move.

The La Albirroja number 11 thought for a moment he could swoop in and disposess the former Barcelona captain, only for Messi to quickly change the direction of the ball, leaving the Club Libertad player on the floor.

Messi declines to take armband from Otamendi

In the same game as Sports Brief previously reported, Otamendi started as the side's captain, with the seven-time Ballon d'Or winner watching from the subs bench.

As he was being introduced for the World Champions, the skipper made a gesture to the Benfica defender that implied Messi wasn't interested in the armband.

However, the former Manchester City star declined the offer and ended up 'forcing' the armband on him as they shared a great moment together.

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Martin Moses is a sports journalist with over five years of experience in media. He graduated from Multimedia University of Kenya (Bachelor of Journalism, 2017-2021)