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Messi tries to recreate Hand of God goal

During the first half of Barcelona's LaLiga game against Osasuna on Sunday, Lionel Messi went close to recreating the late great Diego Maradona's Hand of God goal.

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Barcelona's Danish forward Martin Braithwaite (C) scores the opening goal during the Spanish League football match between FC Barcelona and CA Osasuna at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, on November 29, 2020. (Photo by LLUIS GENE / AFP)
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A minute's silence was held before Barcelona's home clash with Osasuna in LaLiga on Sunday afternoon for the club's former player and late great Diego Armando Maradona.

Barcelona had the majority of the early chances and right on the half-hour mark went ahead through Danish striker Martin Braithwaite. As the ball was heading into the net and over Lionel Messi's head, the Argentine raised his hand in the air to try to direct the ball home. Messi didn't get a Hand of God like touch and the ball found it's way to the net from Braithwaite's touch.

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It was almost another Hand of God goal, from another Argentine and Barcelona player, who was trying to his best to pay tribute to Maradona, who coached Messi with the Argentina national team. Maradona played for the Catalan club from 1982 to 1984, before moving to Serie A to join Napoli.

Messi did eventually get his chance to pay tribute to Maradona, scoring his side's fourth goal thanks to a fine left-footed strike. He then removed his Barcelona shirt and in a beautiful tribute, revealed a Newell's Old Boys shirt with the number 10 on the back, looking to the sky in honour of the football legend, who passed away earlier this week. Maradona played five games for Newell's before Messi joined the Argentine club as a kid.

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