Very nice. But it looks too similar to maradonas goal that was also scored on a game of much higher importance. Anyway top 10 stuff for this century so far.
I still like Ronaldinhos goal from 2005 more. It was nothing you've seen before http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZjzFwp0v4Qs
Really is an amazing goal, I was going crazy on my couch when I saw it go in, but still World Cup>Spanish liga cup... Wouldn't go far and even crowning it goal of the year let alone the decade, you never know what is to come.
And the fact that Messi is a forward who was back chasing Kaka when he scored that goal somehow makes posting it relevant in this thread where we are discussing Messi's goal?
I agree that the stage wasn't as large as the WC, but Getafe are no slouch of a team. These are professional top-level football players, playing in a semi-final of a tournament that is important to them, and he went through them like a hot knife through butter.
I haven't seen another goal like that at this level of football in a long time...
I would argue that a club like Getafe has a more resilient defence than a national team like England. This is nothing against England, it's just that club sides practice daily and play every week; the defenders have better understanding with each other. When a national team gets together it's hard to have that kind of cohesion on defence when they only practice together once in a great while and play matches even less.
I believe that most first-division teams in Europe could defeat the best of national teams.