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Video: Messi's breathtaking goal

Lionel Messi scored three times Sunday in Barcelona's 4-2 victory at Zaragoza, giving him an astonishing eight in three matches over eight days, but the second goal stands above the others:

By Steve Goff  |  March 21, 2010; 6:25 PM ET
Categories:  Argentina , Spain  
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That guys pretty good.

Posted by: JkR- | March 21, 2010 6:36 PM | Report abuse

That money I was gonna use to buy the Davies jersey this week may go to another...

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | March 21, 2010 6:38 PM | Report abuse

Rooney can't do that. Then again who can, but Messi?

Posted by: invncbl | March 21, 2010 7:04 PM | Report abuse

Takes Maradona's run against England in the Mexico World Cup and takes it up a notch . . this one goes to 11 . .

or maybe not, Maradona did juke the keeper too!

Posted by: delantero | March 21, 2010 7:29 PM | Report abuse

I honestly thought the run that earned the PK was better than the goal (Wish he didn't get dragged down because he would have had 4 in 1 game). The goal was fantastic, don't get me wrong.

I am not sure this goal is better than Maradona's though. Maradona picks the ball up deeper and dribbles more players.

Rooney is a beast, but I'll give Messi the edge by a mile. I say this as a United fan too. They are different players though, and Rooney was fantastic today. Liverpool couldn't get the ball off him.

Posted by: grubbsbl | March 21, 2010 7:36 PM | Report abuse

Those steroids sure are doing him right eh?

Posted by: DadRyan | March 21, 2010 7:39 PM | Report abuse

I guess you guys haven't seen that

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | March 21, 2010 7:48 PM | Report abuse

There can only be one.

But if Rooney and Messi ever play together, opposing sides had better lay brick across their goal line.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | March 21, 2010 7:51 PM | Report abuse

Better than Dempsey's goal.

Posted by: Reignking | March 21, 2010 8:10 PM | Report abuse

That was FABULOUS. That is started off with a wrestling match is awesome--Messi is not known for his strength. And that first juke--to cut the ball out w/ his left foot and control it w/ the left in the same step--was just special. Yeah, his Maradona-esque run was past more defenders, but this was just better.

Posted by: glfrazier | March 21, 2010 8:15 PM | Report abuse

Onalfo sign him up!

Posted by: hokieunited | March 21, 2010 8:32 PM | Report abuse

Messi > Maradona

pretty special.

Maradona lifetime goals (1976 - 1997) - 292

Messi lifetime goals (2004 - pres) - 100

Posted by: tcbannon | March 21, 2010 8:41 PM | Report abuse

"Messi > Maradona

pretty special."

Yeah, but Chris, c'mon, Maradona is way superior with his air rifle skills...

Posted by: 22206no1 | March 21, 2010 8:45 PM | Report abuse

@ Reignking

I think you have to differentiate between great strikes and great sequences. David Villa can't dribble like Messi or Ronaldo, but he is still considered one of the best in the world for what he can do.

Basically, if we only appreciated dribblers, soccer wouldn't be what it is.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | March 21, 2010 8:45 PM | Report abuse

"all that's missing are the letters a and h at the end of his name" - Ray Hudson

Posted by: boricuabopper | March 21, 2010 9:05 PM | Report abuse

6 days until United's first match!

Posted by: Curious99 | March 21, 2010 9:31 PM | Report abuse

Onalfo sign him up!
Posted by: hokieunited

Bradley cap him!

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | March 21, 2010 9:47 PM | Report abuse

Maradona and Pele will always be above Messi until he can bring Argentina a WC. That may happen this summer..... but we'll see. Its great to do well at the club level, but until you can do it at teh NT level, you just arent better then the best.

Posted by: BolivianDCFan | March 21, 2010 10:34 PM | Report abuse

Hey Gang,
Who's gonna set up a MLS Argy Bargy Goffster Fantasy league somehwheres?

I gotta work all day Monday and will be taking another day off from all this fun, but it sure would be nice if we could get the ball rolling somewhere on a fantasy league for Insider Loyalists. Our Champions League Fantasy has been pretty sweet this edition. Only fair to split hairs in MLS.

Maybe we can get a bunch self congratulatory Seattle or Philly fans involved this year? Do they actually read, or pay attention to anything other than patting themselves on the back for supporting their teams!?!...


Let's do this!

Posted by: DadRyan | March 21, 2010 11:06 PM | Report abuse

Then I go and check to see what games are available to find nothing....

Nothing on ESPN, FSC, or MLS sites. If anything pops up, let's get a heads up.


Posted by: DadRyan | March 21, 2010 11:11 PM | Report abuse

awesome goal - random thought - does Steven Goff actually get paid for posting a youtube link on WAPOST? What a job

Posted by: nativedc | March 21, 2010 11:45 PM | Report abuse

Maradona over-rated.
Messi is a very good football player.

GARRINCHA. Now we are talking great if not the greatest.

Posted by: hock1 | March 21, 2010 11:52 PM | Report abuse

I think the fact that Maradona's was in the World Cup against such a hated rival sets it far apart from anything that Messi's done so far.

That's going to be the real challenge for Messi going forward. If he's going to cement himself as one of the true historic legends of the game, up there with Pele and Maradona, he has to make his mark in the World Cup.

Ironically, it might be Maradona that's his biggest obstacle to accomplishing that. Amazing that cat still has a job, he's a disaster as a manager.

Posted by: uranderson | March 21, 2010 11:57 PM | Report abuse

@NativeDC, yes whoever posted this gets paid to post this stuff. You looked at it, didn't you? I presume you like soccer, too. So, WaPo should post this stuff, correct?

Posted by: chinatown | March 22, 2010 12:25 AM | Report abuse

By far my favorite player to watch!

Posted by: redskinsux | March 22, 2010 12:29 AM | Report abuse

Messi is wonderful, but the efforts to assert him as clearly better than Maradona re unnecessary and misguided. Particularly striking the wrong notes is the statistical comparison.

Leave aside that Maradona never really played on a team like this current version of Barcelona, with all those other dangerous options and brilliant talents that make is job that much easier. (Though he did have a couple of years with the Catalan side -- and he put up some impressive numbers with 22 goals in 36 games -- he suffered through great illness and injury (hepatitis and broken leg)).

Just look at the numbers posted. Maradona had 292 over 23 years, and Messi's got his century in his first 6 years as a pro. Actually, it's not really a true century, since 21 of hose goals came in internationals, and 8 of those came with Argentina's youth team. For argument's sake. let's say it is. That's 100 goals in 188 games. Maradona had 113 goals in 167 games with Argentinos Juniors.

It's simply not fair to look t Messi's current goal rate and extrapolate that he'll score more -- or 33% more than Maradona. In Maradona's last years as a pro, he played about 2 season's worth of games, and scored a grand total of 12 club-side goals in those 5 years. Messi may not have health and drug problems like those that plagued Maradona, bu you can bet he'll slow down with age too!

Messi's great, but it's way too soon to get in the best ever arguments. He's one of 2 or 3 players you can mention in the same breath as Maradona. Right now, it's not fair either, nor very useful to try and establish which is the best Argentine player ever.

Posted by: fischy | March 22, 2010 1:08 AM | Report abuse

Sorry -- he had 115 goals in his first 167 pro game. Diego was a force of nature. Lionel is reaching that level over the last year or two.

Posted by: fischy | March 22, 2010 1:10 AM | Report abuse

I honestly thought the run that earned the PK was better than the goal (Wish he didn't get dragged down because he would have had 4 in 1 game). The goal was fantastic, don't get me wrong.

I am not sure this goal is better than Maradona's though. Maradona picks the ball up deeper and dribbles more players.

Posted by: grubbsbl | March 21, 2010 7:36 PM

I agree wholeheartedly, This was an amazing run and goal, but Messi had an even more spectacular display of dribbling prowess across the box before being pulled down in the box for a penalty.

I also agree that Maradona's run remains the most spectacular goal of is kind, not least because of the setting and the opposition. Not to take way from Zaragoza, but the '86 England squad was dang good, and on a great roll. Plus, it was the quarterfinals of the World Cup.

I only saw Maradona play in person once, and had the bad luck to see the '86 World Cup game that was most regrettable or forgettable because the Bulgarians had decided to foul Diego every time he touched the ball. It could have been spectacular to see him at the pinnacle of his powers, and it was a travesty to see a game be played the way Bulgaria did. Even so, he left a compelling legacy we can all watch on tape.

Posted by: fischy | March 22, 2010 1:39 AM | Report abuse

Onalfo sign him up!

Posted by: hokieunited

That's what I was gonna say. Messi could be a discovery player eh?

Posted by: 9Nine9 | March 22, 2010 7:25 AM | Report abuse

dadryan: I checked yesterday, but didn't see fantasy ready for this year yet.

Posted by: Reignking | March 22, 2010 9:05 AM | Report abuse

Ben Olsen's got that move...

Posted by: rademaar | March 22, 2010 9:46 AM | Report abuse

Unreal skillz. Seriously, how does he fuc#ing DO that?

He had 3 last night and set up a penalty. Two hat tricks in the last two league games in a row. Sick.

Posted by: JRandomReader | March 22, 2010 9:49 AM | Report abuse

Kinda reminds me of my pickup game this weekend.

We used a ball that looked somewhat similar.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | March 22, 2010 11:00 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: jar66su | March 22, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Have you seen the Garrincha movie?
I think Messi's is the more impressive of the two because he wins the ball.

He really does so much. He even tried to get Z a goal instead of up his tally and bring down the goal differential.
If we compare as teammates or all round, would coke nose do the same?
I wasn't alive for most his glory days but I would venture a guess and say no.

Posted by: UniteforDC | March 22, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

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