The Goal of the Century?

By Sean Jacobs | March 22nd, 2010 5 Comments

Is Lionel Messi’s second goal (above) of his hat-trick against Real Zaragoza in Spain’s La Liga an early contender for Goal of the Century?

The goal will have to compete with one he scored another Spanish club, Getafe, last year:

I like the goal against Zaragoza better. Messi strips the ball from a midfielder, beats a defender and leaves him stranded, then breaks the ankle (in basketball speak) of another defender and shoots pass another before beating the goalkeeper.




March 24th, 2010 | 3:08 am    

My daughters and I stumbled upon the Zar – Barcelona while channel surfing. We watched. We marveled. We Know. Leo Messi is why we love football.

We look forward to seeing Leo in South Africa in less than three months. Show us more sunshine!

Shaka Zulu

March 24th, 2010 | 10:23 am    

And a minute after Zaragoza got within a goal, it was Messi Magic again . . . dribbling through and earning the Pk that sealed the win. He even gave it to Ibra, perhaps realizing that was the only way his teammate would ever score on the day . . . noblesse oblige. Viva Messi.


March 25th, 2010 | 6:41 pm    

Hardly goal of the century, maybe not even goal of the month. Samir Nasri vs Porto was a better goal, greater degree of difficulty.


March 26th, 2010 | 6:35 am    

Hardly goal of the decade, I agree. It’s really more about recognizing Messi overall.


April 1st, 2010 | 8:06 am    

@ Dave: You must be an Arsenal fan LOL

@Peter: What I like about it is how he dispossesses the ball–not many strikers can do that, and then goes on a spectacular run. Maybe not goal of the century, but a candidate.

What about George Weah for AC Milan a few years back where he singlehandedly beats the whole team:

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