Messi Breaking Ankles


For the Best Sports Play GIF assignment, I decided to get a clip of Lionel Messi’s second goal for Barcelona when they played in the UEFA Champions League semi-final against Bayern Munich. RIP Boateng and his ankles (the defender who fell over). Not only did he break the defenders ankles, he then went on to chip the ball over goal keeper.

Behind the Creation

I am a huge fan of European soccer and my favorite team has been Barcelona. I have been following them for over 7 years. This was a very big match for Barcelona since it was a semi-final in a big competition and Bayern (the team they were playing against) are a high quality team. Barcelona had lost to them pretty badly the year before this one in the same competition, they were humiliated over two legs (during the knock-out phase, teams play each other twice. Once home and once away). Barcelona had lost to them away 4-0 and then lost at home 3-0 making it a loss of 7-0 on aggregate. A year late, this fixture was a redemption match for Barcelona. They beat Bayern 3-0 in that match and eventually went on to the cup final where they won as well.

The Process

To create this GIF, I used an online tool called Giphy. It was very clean and incredibly simple to use.

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The first thing to do was to get the YouTube link for the video I wanted to make a GIF out of. Once I had gotten the link, I copy and pasted it into the text field.


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After I copied the link into the text field, the video would appear as so. I could then adjust the “Start Time” slider to pick where in the video to start the GIF and the “Duration” slider to choose how long I wanted the GIF to last


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As I move the sliders around, the video player above gives me a preview of how my GIF will look with the setting I have provided from the sliders. I moved the sliders to my preferred positions.


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After I was satisfied with my settings. I scroll to the bottom of the page and clicked the “Create GIF” button to make my actual GIF that I could share.


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After clicking the button, the button turns into a load bar for which you have to wait so it can create your GIF file.


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After the GIF creation is complete, I have some options to share my GIF. Also, the created GIF file is show above in the video player (the quality will be downgraded from the original video). I clicked the blue “Download” button so I could save the .gif file to my local computer.

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