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Video of Lionel Messi correctly predicting opponent’s penalty kick goes viral

Lionel Messi signaling with his arm

You never quite know what kind of magic Lionel Messi is going to pull off next.

The Inter Miami superstar Messi went viral this week for his impressive stunt during this week’s match against the LA Galaxy. Messi’s teammate Sergio Busquets conceded a penalty in the 11th minute for a foul inside the box on Galaxy forward Joseph Painstil. Midfielder Riqui Puig of the Galaxy then stepped up to take the ensuing spot-kick.

Video circulated online of Messi, who was standing out towards midfield, signaling with his arm to Inter Miami’s goalkeeper, Drake Callender, to dive towards his left. Wouldn’t you know it, Puig indeed ended up shooting in exactly that direction, and Callender made the save.

Inter Miami was only able to come away with a 1-1 draw in the end, but Messi almost single-handedly willed them there. In addition to helping Callender stop the penalty, Messi scored the equalizer in stoppage time of the second half (after the Galaxy went down to ten men thanks to a second yellow card and subsequent send-off for Marco Delgado in the 88th minute).

The superhuman display came just days after Messi broke the Internet with a disrespectful dribble move on an opponent during an Inter Miami-Real Salt Lake match.

As for the Puig thing, Messi clearly had a pretty good idea of his shooting tendencies. That is because the two players used to be teammates in Spain for La Liga powerhouse F.C. Barcelona, playing together from 2018-21.

Fortunately for Messi, he does not just have to face off against his former Barca teammates — he has lot of them playing with him on Inter Miami too.

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