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5 trademark but unstoppable moves in football

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Modified 31 Jul 2019, 16:54 IST
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#4 Lionel Messi's lofted through pass to Jordi Alba

Messi always finds Alba on the left flank
Messi always finds Alba on the left flank

The Argentine number 10 has done many spectacular things in a career that has seen him accumulate 5 Ballon d'Ors, 4 UEFA Champions League titles, 9 LaLiga titles and a plethora of other awards.

One of the least spectacular things Lionel Messi does per game is finding Barcelona left-back Jordi Alba. However, he does it with such regularity, it is almost impossible for a game to end without that pass being made if both players feature.

Jordi Alba, on the other hand, is a very willing runner with a good first touch and the ability to control the ball under a varying amount of pressure. This makes the Spaniard the best outlet for Messi's through passes and serves as one of the steps in the eventual demolition of an opponent.

The Messi - Alves partnership was broken up when the Brazilian decided to leave Camp Nou for Juventus in 2016. Since then, the Messi - Alba partnership has gone from strength to strength and is a vital step in breaking down the opposition.

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