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Lionel Messi upstaged by financial analyst’s fantastic bicycle-kick

Jul 7, 2013, 11:30 AM EDT


A Chicago-based finance analyst upstaged Lionel Messi in his own charity match by executing a sensational bicycle-kick in his team’s 9-6 loss to Messi & Friends.

Matt Eliason, a former standout at Northwestern University, was playing in the match after a large number of stars dropped out prior to kick off.

The goal came in the 28th minute with the scored tied 2-2. Thierry Henry, captaining the ‘Rest of the World’ team, received a pass on the left corner of the box and found Eliason’s chest with a delicate chip.

With his back to goal, Eliason popped the ball above his head and scissored it into the net leaving the opposing goal-keeper with no chance.

“Once the ball was in the air, I thought I might as well go for it in front of all these fans,” said Eliason. “It’s not every day that you get to play Messi. So I thought I’d give it a try, and fortunately it worked out.”

While working as a financial analyst, Eliason claims he has been staying fit playing amateur soccer in the hopes of signing a professional contract. Check out the video below.

  1. cdkeli - Jul 7, 2013 at 12:50 PM

    How typical is this rubbish – where clueless sports-writers and fans can’t seem to see the forest for the trees. This part-time amateur looks good for 3 secs and the rest of the game’s 90 minutes mean nothing? He’ll probably never get invited to even tryout for a MLS team let alone star in his country’s team as they battle to win WC14,,,Surely people saw and recognized Messi’s skill and learned about how to play this game, or not,,,,

    • Michael - Jul 8, 2013 at 11:24 AM

      Four defenders on Messi’s supposed “all-star team” leave a man completely unmarked — I mean completely — at the top of the 6-yard box and your complaint is that the writer didn’t properly acknowledge the “skill” on display??

      Guys were flying in for these matches the day of the game, they couldn’t find enough pros (in the middle of the world’s offseason) to make up two teams…the real story is how ill-conceived and poorly executed this tour is.

  2. seanb20124 - Jul 7, 2013 at 6:59 PM

    This tour has been a financial disaster for Messi’s charity.

  3. gz99 - Jul 8, 2013 at 6:02 AM

    How typical is this rubbish to US soccer sport’s writers? I’m yet to read soccer commentary manufactured in the US revealing any in depth knowledge of this sport or its dynamics. Attempting to write and/or report on soccer by replicating baseball commentary, in my opinion falls short of the target. While Matt Eliason’s bicycle-kick was wonderful to watch, no knowledgeable soccer sport writer having in-depth knowledge of soccer would have gone as far as to write that the world’s best player was upstaged by an amateur. Moreover, it would be nice if this so-called sport reporter would have taken the time to find-out about the actual charity Messi has been dedicated to and helping, because speaking at least for myself, I don’t rely on local sport writers for soccer analysis. After months of promoting this match in Chicago, a major US market, only 20k fans showed-up to see the world’s best player, which substantiates the fact that soccer hasn’t arrived yet to the US marketplace

    • Michael - Jul 8, 2013 at 11:18 AM

      I’m pretty sure you have no idea what you’re talking about. Americans fill NFL stadiums, 70,000 and more, for proper friendlies. Hell, the past several weeks have seen crowds of 45,000 in Seattle and 50,000 in the Bay Area for MLS matches.

      This, however, was a poorly thought-out tour with no promotion. Messi — or Messi’s handlers — thought that his mere existence on the pitch would make people open their wallets and cheer.

      That the supposed all-star team put together by the world’s greatest player was beaten by an amateur is HUGE news, and that it came down to that doesn’t speak well to the quality of football during the other 89 minutes.

      And all over the world, people love overhead kicks.

    • nussdorferac - Jul 8, 2013 at 1:15 PM

      That’s because soccer fans in the US have real events to choose from and attend. These exhibitions no longer carry weight.

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