Man v Machine: Messi proves he is human after all… as he is foiled by a Japanese moving robot
11:25 GMT, 8 April 2013
02:48 GMT, 9 April 2013
This might be the only way for managers to stop Lionel Messi in his tracks – by signing a Japanese goalkeeping robot.
Messi has been branded a killing machine after rattling in 57 goals this season.
His exploits have left managers in La Liga and throughout Europe tearing their hair out as just how to halt the Argentine striker.
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Man v machine: Messi prepares to step up against the robot goalkeeper
Not spot on: Messi steps up for his penalty (above) and sees his spot-kick saved (below)
But the Barcelona frontman, considered by many as the game's greatest ever player, struggled when the man took on the machine in a game show broadcast on Japanese TV.
Messi took three penalties against the moving piece of cardboard – but missed his first two spot-kicks.
He is human after all then.
VIDEO Messi goes head-to-head with a robot in a penalty shoot-out
Messi takes on robot in penalty shoot-out
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