Among the many reasons Lionel Messi‘s teammates are thankful to be playing with him, getting to avoid coming up against him must be pretty high up on the list.
Of course, they still have to face him in training, so they aren’t completely spared the torment.
It’s one of the remarkable things about this Barcelona team. They have a collection of great footballers, such as Andres Iniesta, Luis Suarez, Sergio Busquets, and Gerard Pique, and then they have Messi, who leaves everyone else in awe.
What it means is that some of the best players in the world get to watch the Argentine hone his talent.
Watch Messi’s latest display of skill in the video below.
The Argentine maestro has been in devastating form this season, netting 27 goals in 36 appearances as the Spanish giants close in on the La Liga title and look to advance past Chelsea in their Champions League last 16 tie.
And, according to Croat Rakitic, 30-year-old Messi – who is a five-time Ballon d’Or winner – has proved he is top of the tree when the greatest of all time debate is discussed.
“Messi is the best in history, capable of turning the game around in a second. He is shy because he knows that everyone is watching him.”
Speaking to Antena 3, the midfielder added: “He’s the reference. Our game depends a lot on him. He doesn’t need to talk to understand, a gesture is enough.”
Luis Suarez had a goal correctly ruled out for offside, with Getafe goalkeeper Vicente Guaita then denying the ex-Liverpool striker again in stoppage time.
The Catalans ultimately paid for a sluggish start to the game, one in which they failed to threaten Getafe’s goal in the opening 45 minutes.
Barca were unable to register a single shot on target in the opening half of a La Liga game at Camp Nou for the first time in six years, while they failed to score at home in the league for the first time since November 2016.
0 - Barcelona failed to have a shot on target in a La Liga home game in the first half for the first time since April 21st 2012 vs Real Madrid. Blank. pic.twitter.com/viSDJ61aN6— OptaJose (@OptaJose) February 11, 2018
Though Valverde’s men remain unbeaten in the division this term, they have now dropped points in successive games and have seen their advantage to second-placed Atletico Madrid trimmed from 11 points to seven.