Lionel Messi put on quite a show for his fans in the United States with a gravity-defying free kick during a match against the U.S. national soccer team in Copa America semifinals.
The Argentinean soccer player landed a perfect kick to the ball when he was 25 yards from the goal, leaving goalkeeper Brad Guzan no time to react and extending the lead to 2-0.
The incredible free kick was a punch to the gut to the United States and was Messi’s 55th career international goal, breaking Gabriel Batistuta’s record as Argentina’s all-time leading scorer. It was also Messi’s fifth score in Copa America.
Here’s the beautiful kick in slow-mo.
Predictably, Twitter went wild soon after.
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studying that Messi goal like the Zapruder film and still don't understand pic.twitter.com/wzt8Peag3g— Sam Laird (@samcmlaird) June 22, 2016
Our only hope is Messi getting a straight red— Brendan Vaughn (@bmvaughn) June 22, 2016
Side note: It should be illegal for Messi to be involved with any free kick. He's just too good. 😀 pic.twitter.com/ryQiNRWaCG— Philip DeFranco (@PhillyD) June 22, 2016
And even though the goal was bad news for United States men's national soccer team, it was so amazing that even American fans fell in love with Messi.