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January 9, 2017 Lionel Messi opens 2017 with mind altering free kick

We’ve entered a new year but Lionel Messi remains the exquisite magician that football fans have marvelled over for so long.

He conjured a moment of real brilliance against Villarreal yesterday to rescue a 1-1 draw, which saw Barcelona slip to 5 points behind Real Madrid in La Liga.

In the 89th minute, Messi went over the wall and placed the ball in the very top left corner, right at the goalkeeper’s strong side – which isn’t usually done, my friends!

Meanwhile their rivals Real Madrid equalled Barcelona’s record of 39 games unbeaten with a win against Granada.

The title race is constantly on, and this was a moment to savour and watch again and again for Messi true believers.

Nick Hollins
is the editor of A•STAR