Leo Messi Channels Inner Forrest Gump in Unique FC Barcelona Practice Drill (Video)

Leo Messi Channels Inner Forrest Gump in Unique FC Barcelona Practice Drill (Video)For players like Leo Messi and David Villa a standard game of juggling or "keepy-uppy" (think playing hacky-sack with a soccer ball) is far too easy. So rookie FC Barcelona manager Tito Vilanova put a new spin on the team's ball control exercises that only the most technically gifted players in the world could pull off.

In order to give his troops a fresh challenge, Vilanova managed to combine ball retention and teamwork — core pillars of Barcelona's playing style — in a revised edition of the classic drill.

Circling up in groups of five, players held their teammates' hands and were charged with playing a game of keepy-uppy without breaking the circle.

To no one's surprise, Messi took to the game like a duck to water. The diminutive Argentine brought back memories of ping-pong legend Forrest Gump with his lightning-quick reflexes and unwavering focus.

While Messi continues to be almost irritatingly perfect at everything he does, speedy winger Pedro Rodriguez and midfielder-turned-center back Javier Mascherano could have used a few pointers.

Barcelona is in the midst of an exciting slate of pre-season games. The Catalan giant won its first game against German club Hamburg, and still has dates with iconic teams such as Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United before kicking off its La Liga campaign against Real Sociedad on August 19th.

Watch FC Barcelona's unique drill in the video below.

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