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How to play like Lionel Messi

Adhesive tight control, a knee buckling change of direction and pace capable of beating the speed of light in a foot race – Lionel Messi has been blessed with supernatural gifts from the football gods.

Everybody wants to play like the Little Flea, but even football’s elite can’t make the impossible, possible.

However, give FourFourTwo Performance five minutes and we’ll give you the tools to terrorise Sunday League defences and 5-a-side rearguards.

With the help of Alfred Galustian, head of Coerver coaching, we’ve broken down the components of the Barcelona star’s game and created a series of drills to help you play in the spirit of Argentina’s number 10.

THE DRILLS
Master technique: 1 v 1 feints
Master technique: 1 v 1 competition
Master technique: 1 v 1 change of direction
Master technique: combination plays
Master technique: First touch and finishing
Master technique: Pass and move combinations
Master technique: Ball mastery part one
Master technique: Ball mastery part two
Master technique: Running and passing at speed
Master technique: Speed with the ball
Play like Messi: Part One
Play like Messi: Part Two
Play like Messi: Part Three

For more technical advice visit Coerver Coaching on YouTube and facebook. For more drills and games from Alf Galustian visit Soccer Session Planner.