Quantum Tunneling Is The Only Way To Explain This Latest Goal From Messi
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In physics, quantum tunneling explains how particles can pass through otherwise impenetrable barriers. It’s how quantum computers work, how the sun produces energy and, most importantly, the only reasonable explanation for this Lionel Messi goal vs Valencia on Saturday.
I’m no physicist, so here’s a proper explanation of quantum tunneling.
Now back to the football.
Barcelona hosted fourth-place Valencia on Saturday and immediately fell behind behind goals from Kevin Gameiro and Dani Parejo. The Barca fans were growing restless.
Messi pulled one back in the first half through a penalty kick. The spot kick was awarded at the expense of a well-taken goal from Messi as the referee didn’t allow for advantage to play out.
But Messi wasn’t done.
In the 64th minute, Messi turned to quantum tunneling to squeeze this shot through three Valencia defenders and the goalkeeper.
To be fair, Messi regularly scores this type of goal, making it look easy. But we shouldn't let that keep us from admiring one of the greatest to ever play the game.
Ray Hudson, in his bombastic fashion, referred to the Messi goal vs Valencia in terms of physics too, though he had his science wrong. “He lives in the magnetic spectrum of genius,” Hudson exclaimed. “He bends light again this No. 10!”
Alas, Messi could not find a third, and Barcelona dropped points in a 2-2 draw.
The result means Atletico Madrid can pull within three points of the top with a win over Real Betis on Sunday. Real Madrid, meanwhile, could pull within eight points with a win against Alaves. Not exactly striking distance, but with three El Clasico matchups coming in the next month (two in the Copa del Rey), things could get interesting.