Lionel Messi wasn’t just the star of FC Barcelona’s 7–1 victory over Osasuna on Wednesday night, in which he scored twice, including the opening goal of the game in minute 12. No, he was the center of attention before the game even started.

That’s because, in the days following his dramatic, game-winning goal in the final seconds of Sunday night’s 3–2 victory over Real Madrid, a goal which, coincidentally, was also the 500th of his illustrious career, FC Barcelona prepared a special pregame event in honor of the Argentinian virtuoso and his latest milestone.

Check out this exclusive, behind-the-scenes video, taken as the Club got ready to pay tribute to its superstar prior to the Osasuna match. You’ll see the pregame preparations, Messi warming up, the unfurling of the giant banner, and the moment he came out of the game to a standing ovation.

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