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.