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Lionel Messi scored his first panenka

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Way back in February, Lionel Messi had a penalty problem. Not so anymore.

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Way back in February, Lionel Messi had a penalty problem. Not so anymore.

A couple months ago, Messi missed five of 10 penalties he took for Barcelona and Argentina. For the best player in the world, a guy who scores 50 goals a season consistently (seriously, what mortal does that?), it was weird. Penalties are supposed to be relatively straightforward.

Since then, Messi has made them look easy. He’s scored his last four in a row. And today, he scored a panenka.

Messi opened the scoring against Getafe. He did it from the penalty spot by casually lifting the ball high and central as the goalkeeper dove out of the way. (It’s named after the originator, a guy named Antonin Panenka.)

As of halftime, Barcelona is…

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