Lionel Messi is a better goal scorer when the ball is in motion than when it lies stationary just 12 yards away from the opponents’ goal.
Messi missed a penalty kick Sunday in Barcelona’s win over Athletic Bilbao in the first round of the 2015-16 La Liga (Spanish first division) season. Goalkeeper Gorka Iraizoz denied Messi’s spot-kick in the 31st minute.
The42.ie (@The42_ie) August 23, 2015
The penalty miss was Messi’s 14th in 63 attempts from the spot in his Barcelona career. Penalty-kick expert Ben Lyttleton explained earlier this year how Messi has tried, and failed, with a new approach from the spot.
New season but same penalty story for Messi. Missed 6 from 11 since changing to GK Independent strategy uk.sports.yahoo.com/blogs/pitchsid…—
Ben Lyttleton (@benlyt) August 23, 2015
Lionel Messi: No player has missed more penalties in La Liga since August 2013 than Messi (3)—
WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) August 23, 2015
While the soccer world expects a better conversion rate from one of the all-time greats, we also must tip our collective cap to Iraizoz, who joins select company.
2- Iraizoz is the second goalkeeper who manages to save a penalty to Cristiano and Messi in all competitions, after Diego Alves. Success—
(@OptaJose) August 23, 2015
> Alves saved 1 of Messi's (in Copa) and 2 of Cristiano's (both in league) > Iraizoz has saved 1 from each (both in La Liga)—
MisterChip (English) (@MisterChiping) August 23, 2015
Messi’s miss didn’t prevent him from doing something more Messi-like later in the game. His run and blocked shot bamboozled defenders and drew gasps.
BuzzFeed Sports (@BuzzFeedSports) August 23, 2015
That’s more like it.
Thumbnail photo via Twitter/@MARCAinENGLISH