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Lionel Messi Is 'Still Cool Even With A Tarantula In His Shorts'

The spider is metaphorical. The skill is real.

24/04/2017 5:05 PM AEST | Updated 24/04/2017 6:08 PM AEST
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You'd also look worried if you had a spider in your undies.

By now you've probably heard about Lionel Messi's fabulous last gasp goal on the weekend. If you missed it, here it is.

The goal not only helped Barcelona beat Real Madrid 3-2, it also enabled them to overtake their arch rivals in the La Liga title race in Spain (and for the record, many people rate La Liga as the world's best football league).

But the really great bit about Messi's goal, apart from the fact it was his 500th for Barcelona and was finished so clinically after such a beautiful build-up, is the commentary that accompanied it.

For this, we must thank much-loved commentator Ray Hudson, who is famed for his evocative phrasing. Indeed, there's a whole 10 minute video of him heaping glorious praise upon assorted bits of Messi brilliance over the years.

If you watch (or more to the point, listen to) the above video, we believe Hudson's commentary on this occasion was as follows:

"The medicine man arrives and sinks his flaming spear into the hearts of Real Madrid."

Sinks his flaming spear??? Um, whatever. But we like.

"Astonishing from Messi. Beautiful counter-attack. All the pieces falling into place. Messi. Born in the crossfire Hurricane and he is Jumping Jack Flash right here."

Hudson channels The Rolling Stones for reasons we can't fathom. But again, we like.

"Amazing football. The defenders are left with bees flying around them."

What??? We have no idea what he's talking about re: the bees. But we know we love the next bit.

"Messi. You could drop a tarantula into his shorts and he'd still be cool."

Of all the things ever said or written about Messi -- who most people now consider the greatest footballer of all time -- this is surely the most accurate.

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