Lionel Messi is one of the top scoring forwards of all time. But there is a method to his game. The video below shows the preparation that goes into making a genius move long before he scores.
Messi uses his vision to scan the field of play before tactically positioning himself to be most effective in front of goal. Using body positioning to draw his nearest marker to him, he skips past a whole defensive line at the drop of a shoulder. He still has work to do once in front of the last defensive line so must use his dribbling skills to open up space for a shot on goal.
You can find out more handy info on effective positioning with our Soccer: Advanced Formation & Tactics – Unlock Defences With Ease article.