Lionel Messi has been battling injury for weeks, resulting in him missing even a UEFA Champions League match against Bayern Munich. He returned this weekend against Real Betis in La Liga competition and, on his first shot, scored a wonderful free kick goal.

Even when he is hurt, he makes the amazing look so ordinary. It was impressive that the Betis goalkeeper was able to get a hand on the ball at all, even though he couldn't keep it out of the back of the net.

The goal marked Messi's 45th of the season in La Liga, and he added another just 11 minutes later. 46 goals is a staggering number, one that makes Real Madrid player Cristiano Ronaldo's total of 33 in Spanish league competition look pedestrian. Lionel Messi is truly a magician.