Barcelona forward Lionel Messi is seemingly bored of outfoxing humans, so he’s started his preparations for the new season by sending his enormous pooch for a hot dog in his own backyard.

Messi’s standing as the G.O.A.T. (Greatest of All Time) may have taken a huge hit after his lukewarm displays for Argentina at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, but the Rosario native is still arguably the greatest player of all time, according to most football fans.

And that’s why when his wife, Antonella Roccuzzo, uploaded a video of the diminutive forward casually sending his dog back to school, virality was a virtual guarantee:

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There you have it.

La Liga defenders will know what the mutt is going through, for many have tried and failed to get the ball off the 31-year-old’s feet.

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Currently in Barcelona after enjoying a well-deserved holiday, Messi is expected to link up with his club teammates for their pre-season tour of the United States this week.

La Blaugrana have already played one game, drawing 2-2 with Premier League outfit Tottenham Hotspur, and will next take on Serie A side A.S. Roma in less than 24 hours time.

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Messi is expected to miss the tie against the Giallorossi, but should make the tie against AC Milan, which is scheduled for Sunday morning.

Barcelona, the defending La Liga and Copa del Rey champions, face Sevilla in the Spanish Super cup on August 12 while their regular season starts with their La Liga opener against Deportivo Alvaves at the Nou Camp on August 18.

It is however, the UEFA Champions League that the club crave the most and after a three-year drought, Ernesto Valverde’s men will go all out to to secure their sixth European crown this season.