Lionel Messi proved that his physical strength is ‘really underrated’ after a sensational solo run against Colombia in the Copa America semi-final.
The 34-year-old Argentina captain has been in excellent form on the international stage as Lionel Scaloni’s men have punched their ticket to the final.
Messi, who is now a free agent this summer, has scored four times and picked up five assists for Argentina at the Copa America in Brazil.
Lautaro Martinez fired Argentina into the lead against Colombia inside the opening 10 minutes at the Estadio Nacional Mane Garrincha on Wednesday.
But Colombia bounced back in the second half as Luis Diaz pulled back a crucial equaliser for his side.
While the semi-final clash was decided on penalties, Messi mounted a stunning solo-counterattack late in the second half.
Messi’s physical strength is really underrated. pic.twitter.com/PnEPugQM7H
— MessyBarca (@bsweta56) July 7, 2021
The Barcelona legend showcased his blistering pace and brilliant strength as he fended off Juan Cuadrado with ease.
Davinson Sanchez attempted to intercept Messi during the run, only for the Colombia international to be sent crashing onto the floor.
Messi’s dazzling run only came to an end after Wilmar Barrios sent the six-time Ballon d’Or winner flying as a result of his challenge.
Referee Jesus Valenzuela booked Barrios for his tackle, with the Zenit Saint Petersburg defensive midfielder furious with the decision.
One Twitter user wrote: “The way he’s shading players away looks so easy. My GOAT.”
While another tweeted: “Strength and pace at the 88th minutes for a 34-year-old. Not bad.”
And a third added: “At 34. They say when he gets to this age, he won’t be able to run anymore. At 34, running like this in the 87th minute.”
Someone else simply said: “Fouling him is the only way…”
Argentina defeated Colombia on penalties to set up a mouth-watering Copa America final showdown with defending champions Brazil.
Messi was spotted taunting Yerry Mina after the Colombia star’s penalty was saved by Emiliano Martinez in the shootout.
Argentina and Brazil will clash in the Copa America final at the Maracana on 11th July.
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