Do you want to use the same moves that Lionel Messi does to beat defenders? Well, it may be simpler than you think.
The Barcelona star has the most impressive dribbling skills of any player in the world, but the moves that he uses to get by defenders are ones that you just as easily apply to your own skill set.
In this video, Messi himself shows the basics of what you should do upon receiving the ball and how it affects your next move towards the defender.
To be an elite soccer player, you don't have to develop flashy skills. There's nothing flashy about what Messi is doing in this video. He has become one of the best players in the world by practicing the smallest fundamental skills over and over again.
If you want to improve your 1-on-1 game against a defender, that's what you should be doing with the invaluable tips that Messi offers.