Five-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi continues to go from strength to strength and Barcelona have taken a commanding lead in the Spanish La Liga title race. The Blaugurana went behind in the game early in the first half but held their nerve to win the match against one of the tougher opponents in the league. They got a shot in the arm before the match started as arch-rivals Real Madrid were defeated by their city rivals, Atletico Madrid.Also Read - Ballon D'or 2021: Lionel Messi Does Not Deserve, Toni Kroos Reacts to PSG Man Winning it For 7th Time

20 years from now, when people talk about Messi, fans would remember the diminutive Argentinean dropping his shoulder, taking a deft touch with his left foot and whizzing past opponents. His lightening quick one-twos with his midfielders, who then release him in the box with a through ball would also be an integral part of the highlights reel. Sometimes, the ball is simply an extension of his foot and there is very little that even a defender of some pedigree can do to stop him. Jerome Boateng was on the floor as he tried to dislodge the ball from Messi in last year’s UEFA Champions League semi-final. Messi’s trademark dink over the goalkeeper has also found its place in the archives. Also Read - Lionel Messi Feels France Football Should Award Robert Lewandowski 2020 Ballon d’Or, Says He Deserves It

Onto his dead ball abilities: It is something that barely features in discussion on Messi. His left foot is as deadly as anyone going around, and has left many a good goalkeeper helpless. Iker Casillas was once beaten twice in an El Clasico. The ball was placed just outside the box and Messi took the difficult route of curling the ball away from ‘keeper Sergio Rico. The ball found its way into the net. The technique was impeccable. It was Messi’s sixth direct free-kick goal of the season, more than any other player in the division. Take a look at the genius at work: Also Read - Cristiano Ronaldo Slams Ballon d’Or Chief After Lionel Messi Claim Seventh Record Title