A Messi-esque solo wonder goal you won’t have seen: Takashi Usami (Hoffenheim) v Darmstadt

Takashi Usami, a 20-year-old midfielder, is the latest Japanese youngster to try his luck in the German Bundesliga and after a spell with Bayern Munich last season, is now plying his trade with Hoffenheim.

On Friday, the “Village Team” played Darmstadt 98 in a friendly to give some of their non-international players some game time over the weekend.

The big headline from the encounter was the return of Tim Wiese to the line-up for Hoffenheim after injury but Takashi Usami’s wonder Messi-esque solo goal will likely be seen across the globe.

Hoffenheim went on to win the friendly match 2-1.

GIF of the goal above (via the excellent reddit soccer) and video of Usami’s crazy run and top corner finish is below.