Imagine if Lionel Messi played against Getafe all the time.
With memories of his 2007 goal against the Spanish club lingering every time they meet, Messi turned in another highlight-reel effort against his overmatched opponent on Thursday. Messi picked up where he left off against Getafe in the first leg of their Copa del Rey round of 16 series -- when he scored twice in the final minutes as a substitute -- by scoring twice again in the second leg. His second goal, especially, was worth the price of admission.
On a night when rumored MLS target Xavi made his 700th appearance for Barcelona and Neymar was stretchered off with an ankle injury, Messi managed to steal plenty of the spotlight, bouncing off a defender, weaving through a couple more and past a helpless goalkeeper to finish and cap a 6-0 aggregate rout.
Compare and contrast the highlights of Messi's second goal Thursday and his 2007 effort below:
Messi vs. Getafe on Thursday
Messi vs. Getafe in 2007