For the first time since 2007, Lionel Messi has been held scoreless in the first two games of the La Liga season.

What a freaking bum. But since we have been deprived of Messi’s jukes, the soccer gods have blessed us with just as entertaining of a season. Take James Rodriguez’s breath-taking free kick against Real Betis from an impossible angle.

That’s a laser Rodriguez placed just on the inside of the post that bounced off into the goal from a very tight angle. Welcome back to the starting XI.


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