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Lionel Messi just scored a unique 'Panenka free-kick' for Barcelona

Lionel Messi is playing football from a different planet right now.

Lionel Messi free kick

The Barcelona superstar is currently experiencing some of the best form of his entire career and before entering the international break, scored a stunning hat-trick against Real Betis.

As a result - give or take Argentina's defeat to Venezuela - there was great optimism surrounding Messi's next game and the derby with Espanyol marked his return to club football.

However, considering the Argentine has amassed more goals and assists than anyone else in Europe, he made a slow start to the game by his incredible standards.

The Blaugrana struggled to breakdown their fellow Catalan club, marching towards half-time at 0-0 and ensuring that Ernesto Valverde needed to rally the troops.

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However, Messi produced a more incredible moment a few minutes later, when he added yet another free-kick goal to his remarkable record this season.

Football fans have become used to seeing the Barcelona magician whipping strikes past the goalkeeper but this particular effort was very different.

In fact, it has become christened a 'Panenka free-kick' with Messi deftly floating the ball over the wall and into the back of the net.

It really was incredible - check it out down below:

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