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 By Chris Wright

Barcelona star Lionel Messi takes on inflatable goalkeeper

As we've seen on several occasions in the past, when Lionel Messi is in Japan he loves nothing more than appearing on television to test his football prowess, usually against robotic goalkeepers of some description.

In his latest escapade, Messi was pitted against a foe of gargantuan proportions. Indeed, the Barcelona star was tasked with beating an enormous, grinning, flailing keeper from 20 yards.

Of course, it goes without saying that Messi pulled it off on the first attempt before going on to bury a succession of spot-kicks past his inflatable nemesis -- including a cheeky little trick-shot through the legs.

Mark our words, he'll go far this lad.


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