Video: Lionel Messi scores after brilliant run after Braithwaite backheel assist for Barcelona against Elche

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In the 47th minute of Barcelona’s La Liga encounter against Elche, Gerard Pique rolled the ball into Pedri, with the wonderkid feinting and opening up a path for Lionel Messi.

Messi received the ball about 20 yards into Elche’s half as the all-time great drove forward, skipping past one Elche ace, before avoiding a sliding defender with a tidy pass into Martin Braithwaite.

Braithwaite had his back to goal and rolled the ball to the rushing Messi with a silky backheel just inside the box, Messi collected the ball, knocked it away from a defender a little, before sliding it into the net.

Pictures from Premier Sports and beIN Sports.

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