Lionel Messi's Mind-Blowing Skill, Close Control and Through Ball for Argentina

Mark PattersonUK Staff WriterJuly 5, 2014

BRASILIA, BRAZIL - JULY 05: Lionel Messi of Argentina controls the ball during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Quarter Final match between Argentina and Belgium at Estadio Nacional on July 5, 2014 in Brasilia, Brazil.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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You already know how good Lionel Messi is, but there's no harm him reminding you every once in a while.

If his four goals in the tournament so far weren't enough, the Argentine showed ridiculous close control in his side's World Cup quarter-final match against Belgium.

He trapped the ball under pressure from Marouane Fellaini, danced one way and then darted the other direction to shake off the big duo of Fellaini and Axel Witsel. 

Fellaini finally ended the move by putting the boot in, which was probably about the only option he thought he had left. 

And as if to prove that you don't have to score to do the extraordinary, Messi also threaded the needle with a stunning through ball to pick out Angel Di Maria's run in the same game: 


Ball of the year https://t.co/0zKguZ8pTw

— Giggs Boson (@giggs_boson) July 5, 2014

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