Nobody can really stop Messi. You can just try to contain him for a while. He will eventually break through your defense.
But still, you can try, and that’s just what Benfica did when they played Barcelona in the Champions League – as they surrounded him on defense, with nearly all ten field players ready at any moment to step in and stop Messi.
In the end Messi didn’t get his goal, but that’s only because he ended up hurting his knee. Take a look at all ten Benfica field players trying to stop Messi.
New: But this crowding around Messi actually happens all the time. Chile tried to do the same thing to Messi in the Copa America final, as all nine field players surrounded Messi. Chile was playing with ten men after a red card and every field player had their eye on Messi.
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