Epic Footage Shows Lionel Messi Introduced Panenka Free Kick to the World at FC Barcelona

Epic Footage Shows Lionel Messi Introduced Panenka Free Kick to the World at FC Barcelona

  • Paris Saint-Germain forward Lionel Messi scored an incredible 'Panenka free-kick' for Barcelona against Espanyol in 2019
  • New footage has resurfaced to suggest the seven-time Ballon d'Or winner scored a similar set-piece nine years ago against Almeria
  • Lionel Messi completed a move from Catalunya to Paris Saint-Germain on a two-year deal

It is safe to say Lionel Messi introduced the ‘Panenka free-kick’ to the world at Barcelona.

The Argentina captain scored the stunning free-kick during Barcelona's Catalan derby triumph over Espanyol on Saturday, 30th March 2019.

Lionel Messi, Barcelona, Espanyol, La Liga
Lionel Messi scored an impressive 'Panenka free-kick' for Barcelona against Espanyol. Credit: @foxsports
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The video has popped up on social media again showing the 35-year-old dinking the ball with little pace over the wall from the edge of the penalty area and into the net.

Espanyol centre-back Victor Sanchez tried to stop the ball by backpedaling from the wall but he Instead nodded the ball into the net past his goalkeeper Diego Lopez.

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Panenka technique is normally seen when players take a penalty by chipping the ball into the net.

This actually is not the first time Lionel Messi has pulled off the remarkable set-piece technique.

He scored from similar free-kick against Almeria as a 22-year-old in 2010. Messi's goal pulled Barcelona level away from home with the same technique.

This time around, there was no defending trying to ruin the beauty of the free-kick.

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Meanwhile, Sports Brief reported that Lionel Messi and Neymar linked up for the umpteenth time this season as the latter scored the only goal to help Paris Saint-Germain continue their unbeaten start to the French Ligue 1.

The pair have been in perfect synchrony since the start of the French top-flight and proved why their imperious form could go a long way in ending PSG's search for the elusive Champions League title.

While Messi has been unfortunate in front of goal, Neymar has been simply prolific - scoring a staggering eight goals in just seven games so far.

Source: Sports Brief News