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Lionel Messi just made football look so beautiful with sublime first-time finish v Benfica

Give Me Sport logo Give Me Sport 05/10/2022 Danny Ryan
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Lionel Messi is playing some of the best football of his distinguished career right now.

Last season at Paris Saint-Germain, the little Argentine genius was a pale shadow of the man we’ve seen dominate European football for over a decade.

But thankfully, that’s all in the past, with Messi now firmly back to his dazzling best.

Going into PSG’s Champions League group stage match away at Benfica on Wednesday, the 35-year-old had racked up some seriously impressive numbers.

In nine Ligue 1 matches thus far in 2022/23, he’s scored five goals and assisted a further seven.

A number of those strikes in PSG colours were quite superb as well, although his best of the season may have come against Benfica.

The Barcelona legend opened the scoring in Lisbon with the most perfect of first-time finishes with his left peg.

It was a sweeping move from PSG, with Messi and his partner-in-crime Neymar combining magnificently.

Check out the goal in all its beauty…

Video: Messi’s stunner for PSG vs Benfica

What. A. Goal.

Messi has now scored against 40 different teams in the Champions League, which is an all-time record.

The man is just different gravy and in this kind of form, he may even add Ballon d’Or number eight to his collection next October.

More to follow…

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