We thought we had seen it all from Leo Messi. But the Argentinian continues to surpass even his own extraordinary self. He displayed his latest skill in training on Friday in a game in which the players had to head to head the ball back and forth without it touching the ground, and then try to head it into a basket.

Playing with Javier Mascherano, Messi followed a series of headers by nodding the ball with stunning accuracy into the backboard and into the basket, with an astonished Tata Martino watching on.