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A scientific explanation of Lionel Messi’s passing genius

By Dr Rajpal Brar

Published: 12:09, 2 June 2021

Lionel Messi’s overall passing ability is unrivalled, with eyes seemingly in the back of his head, but how does he do it?

The Barca legend’s laser-guided passing range is arguably his greatest attribute, consistently being at the top of the assist leaderboards, and this season putting in significantly more through balls than any player in Europe’s top five leagues (20).

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In the above video, I deconstruct his incredible vision and assess the key underlying components that constitute his elite passing ability.

Dr Rajpal Brar, DPT, is a physiotherapist, movement expert, fitness trainer, and mindfulness coach. He runs the LA-based wellness and athletic development/performance clinic 3CB Performance, and you can subscribe to his Youtube channel (which posts analyses of Lionel Messi and more) by going here.

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