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Lionel Messi's incredible 'Panenka free-kick' against Espanyol nothing new as video resurfaces of Barcelona star scoring identical set-piece NINE YEARS ago Lionel Messi scored a remarkable 'Panenka free-kick' against Espanyol  The unusual technique put Barcelona on course for victory in the Catalan derby  But it transpires that Messi has scored a similar set-piece nine years ago As a 22-year-old Messi chipped a free-kick into the net against Almeria  

By Peter Rutzler For Mailonline

Published: 11:45 BST, 1 April 2019 | Updated: 11:45 BST, 1 April 2019

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Lionel Messi scored a remarkable 'Panenka free-kick' during Barcelona's derby win over Espanyol on Saturday - but it turns out this isn't the first time he's pulled off the stunning set-piece technique.

A video has resurfaced showing Messi dinking the ball over the wall from the edge of the penalty area against Almeria as a 22-year-old in 2010.

The goal was strikingly similar to Barcelona's opening goal on Saturday, which helped pull the Spanish league leaders to victory. 

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Lionel Messi scored an impressive 'Panenka free-kick' for Barcelona against Espanyol

Lionel Messi scored an impressive 'Panenka free-kick' for Barcelona against Espanyol

The 'Panenka' technique is normally seen from penalties and sees the ball chipped into the net

The 'Panenka' technique is normally seen from penalties and sees the ball chipped into the net

Against Espanyol Messi deployed a similar style to dink the ball over the wall and into the net

Against Espanyol Messi deployed a similar style to dink the ball over the wall and into the net

Defender Victor Sanchez backpedaled from the wall to stop the free-kick but to no avail

Defender Victor Sanchez backpedaled from the wall to stop the

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