GIF: Barcelona's Lionel Messi Tackled Rugby-Style Against Real Sociedad

BR-UK StaffFeatured Columnist IVFebruary 6, 2014

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Someone neglected to tell Real Sociedad that the Super Bowl was last week in New York. 

Since many have tried, and failed, to stop Lionel Messi, if you can't stop him, tackle him? 

In this GIF making the rounds since Barcelona's 2-0 triumph in the Copa del Rey on Wednesday, Messi is seen making one of his trademark zig-zagging runs through Sociedad's defence. One player fails to drag Messi down by his shirt, but La Real's Jon Gaztanaga would not be denied and did his best rugby and/or NFL impression and wraps up Messi to bring him down. 

GIF via Reddit.  

via Reddit