LIONEL MESSI scored his second brace of 2021 in Barcelona’s rout of Granada, which he bagged with a sensational under-the-wall free-kick.
The six-time Ballon d’Or winner scored Barca‘s second and third goals in their 4-0 trouncing of the Nasrids.
Messi‘s second of the night came courtesy of an audacious under-the-wall free-kick that nestled beautifully in the bottom corner.
The Argentine well and truly deceived the Grenada wall, and everyone watching the match, by setting his sights on the top right-hand corner.
And they were left absolutely bamboozled by his brilliance when he calmly side-footed the ball under their feet and into the far corner.
What made Messi’s free-kick even better is that a Granada player anticipated him attempting the cheeky feat and laid down behind the wall.
Twitter was abuzz after seeing Messi’s latest strike, with one footy fan saying: “He’s back, washed Messi they said.”
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Lionel Messi scored and under-the-wall free-kick, despite a Granada player laying down behind itCredit: Rex Features
Lionel Messi wheels away after bagging his second and Barcelona’s third of the nightCredit: Rex Features
Another merely said: “Cheeky.”
One Messi fan added: “The goat is back finally.”
The player who failed to block Messi’s free-kick soon became the subject of a barrage of tweets.
One read: “The guy who lay down must be feeling really stupid.”
Another said: “The guy went down and did nothing.”
France international Antoine Griezmann also grabbed a brace in the comprehensive win to take his tally for the season to seven.
Barca’s emphatic victory at the Nuevo Estadio de Los Carmenes, their second in 2021, saw them move into third place in the La Liga table.
After a poor start to the season, Ronald Koeman’s side are now three points behind their bitter rivals Real Madrid and four behind league leaders Atletico.
The Dutchman has been impressed by his side’s turnaround but has warned them they can’t afford another slip-up.
He said: “You have to go game by game and we cannot think about the Super Cup, as we need to play tomorrow’s game first.
“Our situation in La Liga means we must give our best. We’ll see what comes next.
“We know it has been a tough week with three away games. But we have to recover and show what we can do.
“We are not in a situation where more points can be lost. There is a great pressure on us and we know we cannot lose.
“Because of the situation in La Liga, we cannot lose more games.”
Barcelona will be back in action on Wednesday night, taking on Real Sociedad in the semi-final of the Supercopa de Espana.