Messi makes Jerome Boateng fall over
It's rare these days for Lionel Messi to do something that takes our breath away. Not because he's losing his touch (far from it), but because everything he does is so stunning that it's hard to keep being amazed.
Then there was Barca's 3-0 win over Bayern Munich in their semifinal, first leg. With just 13 minutes left, it appeared that Pep Guardiola might escape his former Camp Nou home with a 0-0 draw. Then Messi scored a simple goal to break the tension -- 1-0 Barca -- but it was his second goal that truly dazzled.
It was pure playground football: advancing at poor Jerome Boateng near the edge of the box, a quick shimmy put the Argentine clean on goal. All Boateng could do was fall down and watch what happened next. Messi impudently chipped the world's best goalkeeper, Manuel Neuer, on his weaker right foot. 2-0 Barca. Neymar would add an even later third to put things beyond doubt.