With the ball on his favored left foot, Lionel Messi loves to fake like he's going to cut inside to his left but instead cuts the ball to the right and breaks free at speed. Sometimes he flicks the ball over to his right foot for a second while other times he keeps the ball on his left but goes to the right.
With Messi's signature move, as with any move, it's all about change of pace. Messi waits for the defender to dive in and then breaks away at speed, blowing past the defender. Messi lulls them to sleep in a way, and then bursts past them. Defenders get hypnotized by Messi, as he stands almost still for a moment, and they end up nearly failing down as he dribbles past them. Take a look.