Lionel Messi broke Gerd Müller’s record of 85 goals in one year against Real Betis when he scored his second goal of the game after playing a give and go with Iniesta. It wasn’t your usually give and go around a defender but more a pass and follow your pass type of give and go. But what it made extraordinaire was the back heel layoff from Iniesta.
Messi played the ball to Iniesta and then instead of going past the defender he stopped and came back for the ball. Iniesta had received Messi’s pass and faced forward like he was going to shoot or challenge the defender but all in one motion really, Iniesta flicked the ball back to Messi with his heel, and Messi slotted the ball home to the far post to beat Muller’s 40 year old record.
The two made it look at too easy. Something they’ve surely done thousands of times on the training ground over the years and years they’ve played together.
I wonder what other teams and players are thinking these days when they play against Messi? I think we’ll see more and more players wanting to swap shirts with Messi at halftime and more and more players fighting over his jersey after the game.
Here’s an Iniesta back heel pass but in the air. It’s like Iniesta is getting bored with just passing the ball with the inside or outside of his feet and has decided to only his his heel to make passes:
And then a give and go back heel pass to Messi once again that nearly results in a goal once again. These two have just a little bit of an understanding:
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