The tip of a really implausible period is probably upon us as Lionel Messi’s Barcelona had been dumped out of the Champions League by Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday evening
Regardless of a screamer from the Argentine legend, who additionally missed a penalty, there was no miracle this time as a 1-1 draw resulted in a 5-2 defeat on combination.
Barcelona have just lately elected a brand new president in Joan Laporta for the second time, nevertheless, Messi’s Camp Nou contract expires in June, which means this might’ve been his remaining match for them in Europe’s premier membership competitors.
Messi’s profession at Barcelona is coming to an underwhelming finish with all of the chaos that’s overshadowed the membership in latest months.
However his brilliance will all the time trump no matter is occurring within the background at his membership. He’s one of many sport’s best ever gamers and has been an exquisite servant for Barca over a few years.
It’s on no account an exhaustive record however talkSPORT.com has picked out eight Champions League matches the place Messi was been really excellent.
Arsenal put to the sword (April 2010)
Everybody knew Messi was an incredible participant however maybe this was one of many first matches which led to discussions about him being one of many all-time greats.
After enjoying out an entertaining 2-2 draw on the Emirates Stadium, Arsenal received their noses in entrance of the quarter-final tie as Nicklas Bendtner gave them a shock lead in Catalonia. Sufficient was sufficient so far as Messi was involved.
A devastating hat-trick inside 21 first-half minutes noticed Barca take it away from Arsenal, the decide of the objectives a scrumptious chip over the helpless Manuel Almunia.
The Argentine added a fourth within the closing levels to cap off a really memorable evening as Barca ran out 4-1 winners on the evening.
Maradona-esque (April 2011)
Neutrals will say this could have been the ultimate however the luck of the draw noticed Pep Guardiola’s Barca tackle Jose Mourinho’s Actual Madrid within the semis as an alternative.
The primary leg on the Bernabeu received’t be remembered as one of many traditional El Clasicos with Actual doing a fairly good job of stifling their trendy guests for many of the match.
However the tie was determined by that man Messi, who fired in two objectives to place Barca accountable for the tie. The primary was a superb poacher’s end however the second was out of this world.
He collected the ball simply over the midway line, whizzed previous FOUR Actual Madrid stars earlier than nonchalantly clipping it previous Iker Casillas. Phenomenal help by Sergio Busquets too!
Biggest of all time? (Might 2011)
Barca received over the road towards Actual Madrid they usually went on to win the ultimate towards Manchester United, in what was a surprising exhibition of the Tiki-Taka soccer that introduced a lot success to Barcelona and the Spain nationwide workforce.
Messi was after all on the centre of issues, scoring a decisive objective within the second half which put Barca 2-1 up. The ultimate completed 3-1 however Barca may have simply had extra.
To provide Man United a hiding exhibits simply how nice this Barcelona facet was and the tip of the match prompted former Crimson Satan Gary Neville declaring Messi as the sport’s best ever participant.
Neville instructed Sky Sports activities: “This man’s the very best participant on the planet, there’s little question about that. I feel we’re all the time nervous saying about folks we’re at the moment watching who’re underneath 23 are the very best participant ever.
“However we shouldn’t, we must always admit what we’re seeing in entrance of our eyes is a particular expertise who possibly is the best that’s ever been seen.”
5 star (March 2012)
Nobody anticipated Bayer Leverkusen to trigger an upset towards Barcelona, nevertheless, the margin of victory for the LaLiga giants was really astounding as they received 10-2 on combination. Messi scored SIX of Barca’s objectives.
And 5 of them got here on the Camp Nou as Barca romped to a 7-1 win.
All 5 had high quality to them however the two standout objectives had been filthy chips which left Bernd Leno completely stranded.
Comeback King (March 2013)
With Pep Guardiola departing, would folks begin to discover out Barcelona? It actually regarded prefer it when AC Milan claimed a 2-Zero win over them within the first leg of their last-16 tie.
However like Arsenal had been in 2010, Milan had been powerless when Messi put his foot down and he levelled the tie with two glorious objectives within the first half.
It was a snug win for Barca in the long run as objectives from David Villa and Jordi Alba ensured they received 4-2 on combination however Messi deserves all of the credit score for spearheading that comeback.
Boateng on his bum (Might 2015)
Some say Jerome Boateng nonetheless has nightmares about this…
Messi was required to pull Barca to victory towards a prime Bayern Munich facet, who had been managed by Guardiola on the time.
However not even he can cease Messi in full circulation as two objectives within the area of three minutes turned the semi-final tie on its head.
The primary one was good as he beat Manuel Neuer on the close to put up with an effort from the sting of the field. The second was really iconic although as his fast toes put World Cup successful defender Boateng on his bottom earlier than dinking it exquisitely above the onrushing Neuer.
A special Messi (June 2015)
He could not have scored on this one, however Barcelona’s victory over Juventus within the 2015 Champions League remaining noticed Messi boss the match at an essential time.
It was all to play for when Alvaro Morata cancelled out Ivan Rakitic’s early opener however Messi took cost afterwards.
A superb solo run and shot pressured Gianluigi Buffon right into a save however Luis Suarez was readily available to tuck away the rebound.
The third star of the well-known MSN partnership in Neymar received on the scoresheet in stoppage-time to seal the 3-1 win in Berlin, which up to now has been Messi and Barcelona’s most up-to-date Champions League triumph.
Group stage vs Tottenham (October 2018)
Typically you must maintain your arms up and say what you’re up towards is just too good.
That’s precisely what Tottenham had been pressured to do in October 2018 as they had been undone by a virtuoso efficiency from the nice man.
Barca received 4-2 within the group match, Messi scoring twice. He may have had extra having hit the put up twice at Wembley.
However the best way wherein he toyed with your entire Tottenham workforce is what impressed essentially the most, prompting Adrian Durham to say Messi’s the very best participant he’s seen stay – that’s no imply feat given what a seasoned journalist the talkSPORT man is.