Lionel Messi is not only a dribbler and finisher, he is a footballing genius. He has shown his smartness a lot of time with his vision, passing, and his cheeky plays. There have been moments that didn’t have any piece of skill but were mesmerizing to eyes and were joyous to watch. When Messi is on the field, he is always going to come with a moment of brilliance. Let us have a look at Lionel Messi top 10 smart and cheeky plays.
10. Used Referee to Dribble a Player:
Messi once used the referee to dribble past a player. He went near the referee and changed his direction and the other player couldn’t keep pace with Messi due to referee which used a resistive wall.
9. Panenka Penalty:
Although chipping goalkeepers is a special art of Leo but this time he did similar stuff with a penalty kick. He took the penalty in a smart way and hit a lob in the center of the net sending goalkeeper to the wrong side. This kind of penalty is called as Panenka penalty.
8. Freekick Against Atletico Madrid:
Barcelona won a free kick against Atletico Madrid in an encounter in the season 2010/11. Messi was on the ball and while goalkeeper was setting up the wall and adjusting his position, Messi gave a shot and scored.
7. Uses Khedira to Impulse Himself:
While during a game against Real Madrid, Messi came towards Sami Khedira and used him to change his direction and easily beat 3 Real Madrid players and scored a spectacular goal.
6. Pass when nobody was looking:
The famous encounter between Barcelona and Arsenal in which Messi scored a super hat-trick, Busquets was fouled and while the argument was going on, Messi took a fast free-kick while everyone was busy with the foul. He passed the ball to Pedro who got himself in a scoring position and chipped the ball but missed.
5. Amazing Pass After Fouled:
During a game with Argentina Messi was fouled. But he wasted no time and immediately took the free kick and passed to Higuain which eventually ended in a goal.
4. Under the Wall Free Kick:
Argentina played against Uruguay in 2012 in which Messi scored this stunning under the wall freekick and gave his team the lead.
3. Too Smart for Offside Traps:
Lionel Messi has avoided becoming a victim of offside traps by opponents several times. He lets the ball when he knows he is offside. Once the ball is received by any of his teammates, he moves to a scoring position and scores the goal.
2. Magical Free Kick Vs Atletico Madrid:
Messi shot a free-kick against Atletico Madrid with an almost impossible angle and left the sensational goalkeeper Tibet Courtois helpless.
1. Penalty Assist to Suarez:
Barcelona paid tribute to Johan Cryuff by reconstructing his penalty assist. Messi did the same and assisted the penalty to Suarez.
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Lionel Messi Top 10 Smart and Cheeky Plays
10. Used Referee to Dribble a Player
9. Panenka penalty
8. Free kick against Atletico Madrid
7. Uses Khedira to Impulse Himself
6. Pass when nobody was looking
5. Amazing Pass After Fouled
4. Under the Wall Free Kick
3. Too Smart for Offside Traps
2. Magical Free Kick Vs Atletico Madrid
1. Penalty Assist to Suarez