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Barcelona star Lionel Messi ditches football for cricket in Herbalife advertisement

Barcelona's magician Lionel Messi swaps football for cricket. Photo: Herbalife

He may be the world's best football player, but Barcelona star Lionel Messi's skills with a cricket bat are questionable.

The Argentinian magician tried out one of the world's oldest sports for size by batting and bowling in a new Herbalife advertisement.

Messi, who wears his full Barcelona kit in the video, strikes a cover drive to the boundary off his very first delivery before clubbing a straight six into the crowd with the next ball.

He is used to playing in front of thousands and having millions watch him on television, but only a small group of children were present to cheer the 25-year-old on.

Messi prepares to bowl a delivery. Credit: Herbalife