‘What’s the point of anyone else being on the pitch?’: Fans go wild as Barcelona star Lionel Messi scores with outrageous volley during training session watched by 11,000 fans
- Barcelona’s players trained in front of 11,000 fans at the Miniestadi on Friday
- Forward Lionel Messi was the main attraction and signed autographs for fans
- Messi also thrilled fans by scoring with a stunning volley in a small-sided game
- After Barcelona posted a video of the goal, supporters on Twitter were in awe
More than 11,000 fans turned up to watch Barcelona train at the Miniestadi on Friday.
And they were not disappointed as Lionel Messi treated them to a moment of magic by scoring a stunning goal in a small-sided practice match.
Messi collected the ball from a throw by his goalkeeper and, with one touch, found the net with a sublime first-time lob.
Lionel Messi (left) was the star attraction as Barcelona trained in front of more than 11,000 fans
Messi, pictured in a green bib, scored with a fine first-time volley after a goalkeeper’s throw
Arturo Vidal (bottom left in yellow bib) and Gerard Pique (middle left in red) were stunned
The goal appeared to take Arturo Vidal, who was on Messi’s team, by surprise as the Chilean midfielder waved his arms around in an apparent state of confusion.
Defender Gerard Pique, who was on the opposite team to Messi and Vidal, also looked shocked. Pique reacted the goal by sharply turning to stare at Messi, before bowing his head.
Barcelona posted footage of Messi’s goal to Twitter and fans were quick to express their sense of awe.
One admirer replied: ‘What a Goat. What a Goal. But its just another day for him…’
Another wrote: ‘That expression of Pique says it all.’
And Aidan Curtis asked: ‘What’s the point of anyone else being on the pitch?’
Messi delighted fans further as he signed autographs before leaving the Miniestadi.
Barcelona, whose last match was a 2-0 win over Celta Vigo on December 22, will return to La Liga action after their winter break when they visit Getafe on Sunday.
Barcelona forward Messi, 31, signed autographs for supporters at the Miniestadi on Friday
Messi and Co were gearing up for Sunday’s La Liga encounter with Getafe on Sunday evening