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

Jul 7, 2013, 11:30 AM EDT

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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.

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