Barcelona star Lionel Messi might not be available to watch in the coming weeks, but his skills can still be viewed in his latest role in a mobile telephone advert.
The Argentina international will be absent for the next six to eight weeks after suffering a hamstring injury in the 4-1 win over Real Betis on Sunday.
Messi was withdrawn from the La Liga clash after just 18 minutes when he pulled up after attempting to accelerate away from an opponent.
Fortunately for phone giants Samsung Galaxy, the 26-year-old had already filmed his latest instalment in a series of advertisements before injury struck at the weekend.
The new film sees a hooded Messi being stalked through the streets by three black cars before using his footballing skills to outfox his followers.
The Camp Nou star is then pursued by motorbike riders through narrow streets, with a football remaining firmly at his feet throughout.
Messi finds himself on a detour through a Chinese restaurant to the bemusement of diners, until he is cornered by his pursuers in cars.
However, the Argentinian discovers his new followers merely want to award him the Galaxy captain's armband as a spaceship hovers over the city.
Nobody said these adverts were meant to make sense, but the banner of 'Football Will Save the Planet' may just indicate there are further storylines to come for Messi.
Let's just hope they do not include an eight-week spell on the sidelines as the aliens invade.
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