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On this Day: Lionel Messi scores that goal against Getafe

What a goal. What a player.

Copa del Rey Semi Final - Barcelona v Getafe

Lionel Messi was busy scoring one of the most famous goals in his career on this day 13 years ago when Barcelona faced Getafe in the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey.

There were 28 minutes on the clock, and Barca were already 1-0 up, when Messi embarked on his sensational solo run that led to his goal.

The Argentine went past Javier Paredes, nutmegged Perez Nacho, beat the defender again for good measure and then left Alexis and David Belenguer trailing in his wake.

There was simply no stopping Messi at that point. Goalkeeper Luis Garcia came out to try and deny the GOAT, but he simply went past him as well and rolled the ball home.

All of which gives us a great excuse to watch this piece of magic again and hear Messi talking about it:

The goal inevitably drew comparisons with Diego Maradona, while manager Frank Rijkaard called it a “work of art.”

Barcelona went on to win the game 5-2. Can’t quite remember what happened in the second leg...

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