Lionel Messi electrifies World Cup fans with insane no-look assist

By , Audacy Sports

The world's greatest soccer player made his presence felt often in World Cup action on Friday.

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Argentina striker Lionel Messi had his fingerprints all over his team's quarterfinal matchup against the Netherlands, first on a beautiful assist and later with a goal of his own on a penalty kick.

The 35-year-old living legend's sweet setup for teammate Nahuel Molina came in the 35th minute.

Messi, apparently dribbling with his head down while ranging across the face of the goal a few yards outside the penalty area, abruptly delivered across his body what appeared to be a no-look pass to Molina.

The nifty pass split no fewer than four Dutch defenders in a tight window before slowing down a stride or two in front of the net, leaving Molina to beat only goalie Andries Noppert for the game's first score.

The uncanny assist was a hit on social media, where fans registered their appreciation for Messi's brilliance.

Messi wasn't finished after the assist, though.

He put one in the net in the 72nd minute on a penalty kick, giving his side a two-goal advantage roughly halfway through the second half.

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