Alessandro del Piero knows a thing or two about scoring goals and has been talking about Lionel Messi’s brilliant strike against Napoli in the Champions League.
The Argentine made it 2-0 on the night with a wonderful individual effort. Del Piero has explained why he enjoyed the goal and the celebration so much.
“The big secret is in the number of teammates who touch the ball before him. The way he celebrates it shows how immersed he was in what he was doing. He knows he has done something special.”
Source | Sport
Here’s a look at how every single Barcelona player touched the ball before Messi took possession and did the rest.
11 - Nell'azione del gol segnato da Lionel #Messi, tutti e 11 i giocatori del Barcellona hanno toccato almeno una volta il pallone. Coro.#UCL #BarçaNapoli pic.twitter.com/APJbubRfDg— OptaPaolo (@OptaPaolo) August 8, 2020
Del Piero then went on to talk about how Messi managed to score despite falling over on his way towards David Ospina’s goal.
“In my opinion one of the great secrets that Messi has managed to exploit very well is to be able to rest on the wing and be fresh when the ball arrives. He is fresh because he walks a long time. When he reaches it, he has a potential of 100%.
“First he feints and takes two, then he goes through the middle taking advantage of the rebound. Get into a particular frame of mind because the ball stays there. From the ground he manages to get up.
“Then he returns to demonstrate his skill and imagination. He finds himself in a completely new situation, with an opponent in front. He manages to unbalance it by pretending to take the ball to the right, finally he falls and scores because he frees space at the far post.”
Messi’s performance was once again crucial for Barcelona, although there was concern when he needed treatment after a hefty challenge from Kalidou Koulibaly. Quique Setien played down concerns after the match and he is expected to be fine for Bayern.