Most players will probably need a few games to regain their full sharpness – but not Lionel Messi.
The Barcelona hero, 32, proved that he has not lost any of his magic during the coronavirus lock by getting a brilliant lob in a training match.
Club captain Messi got a pass outside the penalty area.
With a first effort and on the turn, he wrapped his wand by a left foot around the ball.
The lavish finish was simply too good for the helpless goalkeeper who could only connect with thin air before picking the ball from behind.
Fans on Twitter absolutely loved it.
One said: “Messi is something else. King of football.”
Another wrote: “Absolute genius.”
A third added: “He has been practicing these outrageous long-distance curlers and chips ….. housekeepers are not prepared for these at all.”
And when Barcelona shared the clip, they simply said: “Too good Leo.”
The goal will be a welcome sight for Barca boss Quique Setien, who was sweating on his star man’s fitness before the season restart.
Messi was a reported doubt for the LaLiga return after adjusting a leg muscle last week.
The Argentine legend felt a severe pain in his right adductor towards the end of training and immediately went for a scan.
The alarm bells rang at Nou Camp as Messi has scored 24 goals and provided 16 assists so far this term, with 19 strikes in LaLiga.
But it looks like Messi made a quick recovery and returned to full training on Monday, and is expected to be ready to play on Saturday when Barca visits Mallorca, two days after Sevilla and Real Betis get started again.
It is the first in a race of 11 matches in just five weeks that will complete the league season.
The Catalan Giants currently stand at a maximum of 58 points, just two clear from arch-rivals Real Madrid, with Los Blancos having a better head-to-head record thanks to a 0-0 draw and 2-0 victory.
However, it can be difficult for Messi when he meets face to face with Mallorca boss Vicente Moreno again.
The pair must be separated in their last meeting after a furious smut on the field at Nou Camp.
Leo thought he had been buried in front of the benches and Moreno disagreed.
When things escalated, Ivan Rakitic even stepped in to break up the heated conflict.
But Messi had already highlighted the Mallorca manager’s card when he was during his playing days at Xerez.
The former defender committed a crushing foul on the Argentine ace and it seems that there has been bad blood since then.
When Moreno was asked if he should have kept his tongue with Messi during their last meeting, he said: “And why not make him angry?
“He’s a player like everyone else, you may have some situation with him. There are some players who seem to be in a bubble and you can’t seem to talk to them, but it doesn’t matter.
“He thought he was buried in front of the bench and I thought that was not the case.
“And it looks like he was upset, but that shouldn’t put more weight. I already knew that when you win the Ballon d’Or double and a hat-trick. It didn’t look good.”