LIONEL MESSI produced a wonderous no-look assist against the Netherlands en route to the World Cup final.
But now new footage has emerged showing Messi created a carbon copy of the goal before he made it pro.
Twitter / @ElMalagueroLionel Messi produced a strikingly similar goal to his effort against the Netherlands[/caption]
Twitter / @ElMalagueroIn both he is seen dribbling past a defender[/caption]
Twitter / @ElMalagueroBefore firing a no-look pass into the path of a team-mate[/caption]
Twitter / @ElMalagueroWho then scores[/caption]
PAMessi has been in terrific form in Qatar[/caption]
The clip, which emerged on Twitter, showed footage of Messi’s incredible assist against the Netherlands paired with the footage of a young Messi in a youth football game.
As the clips play out, the similarities are unmistakable.
In both, Messi dribbles with the ball infield as he shakes loose his markers – with the only difference being him shaking off two defenders as a kid as opposed to only Nathan Ake in Qatar.
After creating a bit of space for himself, he then plays an incisive pass into the path of a team-mate who slots the ball home.
Fans online were left raving about the striking similarities.
One user said: “Was destined to be the greatest from the very beginning. ”
A second said: “Class is permanent form is permanent for Messi.”
A third added: “Born to play football. He should not be allowed to retire. ”
Another user joked: “The Dutch had 25 years to prepare for that smh (shake my head).”
Messi has been enjoying a fantastic World Cup in Qatar thus far and has helped guide his nation to the final, where they will face the challenge of reigning champions France – 17 years on from Messi being sent off 40 seconds into his international debut.
He produced a particularly mesmerising performance against Croatia in the semi-final which left one of the defenders of the tournament – Josko Gvardiol – looking like an amateur.
Messi’s exploits saw a crowd of fans flock to a house which had been reported to be his Grandma’s, however it turned out to be the wrong house in his hometime.