Lionel Messi Meets Match, Ties Robotic Goalkeeper in Penalty Shootout (Video)

Lionel Messi has broken many records by scoring an obscene number of goals against the world’s best players. One Japanese television show found a way to stop him.

In a segment recently broadcast on Japanese television, the soccer superstar faced off against a remote-controlled robotic goalkeeper. Although the robo-‘keeper might look silly, its blazing speed is nothing to joke about.

Messi — who has converted all four of his penalty kicks in La Liga this season — missed his first two shots, hitting the right and left post in succession.

After failing to sneak either ball past the robotic goalkeeper, Messi launched two line-drive shots that no man or machine could have kept out.

While the robo-goalkeeper did eventually concede a 2-2 comeback draw from Mr. Messi, its two saves are more than a lot of very highly paid human goalies have managed to make against the Argentine.

It’s only a matter of time before speculation saying Real Madrid is actively targeting the robo-keeper to replace Iker Casillas this offseason makes headlines.

Check out Messi’s one-on-one battle against Japan’s potential No. 1 in the video below.

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