A look at Lionel Messi Best Moments in Barcelona in chronological fashion, from the start of his magical journey to a record 6th Ballon d'Or win in 2019 and his heartbreaking farewell to his boyhood club.
Few days ago, in one of the biggest surprises in the history of football, FC Barcelona announced that their Argentine superstar,Lionel Messi
will leave the club after 21 years with the Club. Paris Saint Germain is reportedly his next destination. There were many factors involved in his departure but what remains is a legacy almost no one can match in the history of the beautiful game.
Messi broke almost every record in the history of Barcelona and although his final farewell was bitter, few can blame 'The King' for it. To honor his amazing career at Barcelona, we will have a look at Lionel Messi best moments with the club.
Lionel Messi simply does not need any introduction. He is widely regarded as one of the best players in the history of football. To his fans, the magician is football greatest player ever and they are proud to live in a time when they can witness his greatness week after week.
Growing up in a poor working class family in Rosario, Argentina, Messi's rise to the summit of the football world has been as magical as his abilities. After suffering from growth Hormone deficiency at the age of 11, his career was saved by FC Barcelona as they simply could not lose the chance to sign the magisterial teenager.
Messi paid back the club's favor in style and wrote a new chapter in the history of the club. His influence has been immense with almost two-third of Barcelona's titles in their history has been won during Messi's time in the Camp Nue.
Lionel Messi Best Moments in Barcelona
is a failed attempt right from the start. Since the Argentinian rewrote history almost every time he plays. Messi will leaveBarcelona
with an unbelievable record of 672 goals and has provided 335 assists in 778 games for Barcelona. While he is Argentina's all time goal scorer with 76 goals in 151 games.
Messi was desperate to leave Barcelona at the end of 2019-20 season but opted to stay in his all-time club for another year. But fate had different plans for the Magician and in a bizarre twist he left the club one year later, despite his own wish to continue with the Catalans.
In the following article we will present you with a lengthy list of
Lionel Messi Best Moments in Barcelona
, including his memorable displays against Real Madrid to his most historic goals against the likes of Manchester United, Bayern Munchen and Atletico Madrid.
Messi's relatives in Barcelona arranged a trial for him in September 2000 and charley Rexach, then first team director immediately wanted to sign the teenager sensation.
After some unexpected difficulties in the process, Barcelona was given an Ultimatum to decide on Messi's situation and in one of the
most amazing Messi moments in Barcelona
, Rexach famously signed Messi's first contract with Barcelona on a napkin.
One of Lionel Messi Best Moments in Barcelona was his debut with the senior team. On 16 November 2003, Messi made his first team debut At 16 years, four months, and 23 days old when he came on in the 75th minute during a friendly against Jose Mourinho's amazingPorto
Messi scored his first goal for Barcelona on 16 October in hisLa Liga
debut against Espanyol. He came on in the 82th minute. Moments later he scored with a chip from a chip pass from Ronaldinho. Unfortunately the goal was ruled out for offside. Amazingly, Messi scored again minutes later, again chipping the ball into the net from another chipped pass from the Poet Ronaldinho.
The Argentine's first El Clasico was definitely one of Lionel Messi Most Legendary Moments Ever in Football. Barcelona was down to ten men in the first half, but the 19 years old Messi equalized every time Madrid scored to register his firstEl Clasico
hat-trick. His last goal was in the injury time from yet another pass from Ronaldinho.
Already seen as the successor of his compatriot superstar, Diego Maradona, Messi reminisced two of El Diego's legendary goals in a span of 7 weeks.
In the 2007-08 Copa del Rey semi-final againstGetafe
, Messi scored a goal amazingly similar to Maradona's first goal against England in 1986 World Cup, receiving a short pass in the middle of pitch and dribbling past 6 defenders before sending the ball in with a tight angle.
Seven weeks later in the 2-2 draw against Espanyol, Messi scored with his hand freakily similar to Maradona's 'Hand of God' goal.
One of the
magic moments of Lionel Messi in Barcelona history
was the El Clasico in May 2009.
Playing for the first time as a false-9, Messi linked up telepathically with Xavi and Andres Iniesta asPep Guardiola
's men thrashed Real Madrid in a dominant 6-2 victory.
Messi assisted Barcelona's first goal and scored twice in the team's greatest-ever score at Real Madrid's Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.
Without a doubt one of Lionel Messi Best Moments in Barcelona came at the end of 2008-09 season in which with Guardiola's new tactics, the Argentinian, alongside midfielders due, Iniesta and Xavi guided Barcelona to an unprecedented treble in Spanish history.
Barcelona won theChampions League
by beating Alex Ferguson's Manchester United in the final, with Messi scoring the crucial second goal with a rare looping header. With that goal Messi became the youngest-ever top-scorer in Champions League history with a tally of nine.
With Messi on fire, Barcelona would go on to win three more trophies, capping off a perfect year with a record 6 out of 6 titles.
Messi is known for his many solo-goals against the best defenders of the football world and his goal againstAtletico Bilbao
in the 2015 Copa del Rey final was probably the hardest of them.
In one of Lionel Messi greatest moments of all time, he received the ball in the right side of the pitch and miraculously dribbled past three defenders before shooting the ball in from a very tight angle. The goal was nominated for Puskas award and went down in the history as one of the most impossible goals of football history.
Messi displayed two of his best performances ever for Barcelona in two Champions League games against Arsenal and Bayern Leverkusen, respectively.
Trailing from the first leg, Barcelona was in need of a victory against Arsene Wenger's Arsenal in the Camp Nue. Messi rose up to the expectations and scored four amazing goals to guide his team to the semi-final, where they were eventually eliminated by later Champions, Inter Milan.
In The game against Leverkusen on March 2012, Messi upgraded his heroics againstArsenal
by scoring a record 5 goals in Barcelona's 7-1 win. Definitely one of the
most memorable moments of Lionel Messi
as he became the second player after Gerd Muller to be top scorer in four UCL campaigns.
Messi has scored many great solo goals for Barcelona, but his goal against Real Madrid in the semi-final of the 2010-11 UCL season was one of magic moments of Lionel Messi in Barcelona history.
In the third of four famous El Clasico's in 18 days, Messi scored both of his goals to send the Catalans to the final, where they would beatManchester United
and won their second UCL title in three seasons. Receiving the ball in the middle of the pitch Messi dribbled past five Madrid players after sending the ball past Iker Casillas with a right-footed neat finish.
Among the most memorable moments of Lionel Messi's international career was his first goal in the World Cup. The goal came in a 6-0 win against Serbia and Montenegro in the 2006 World Cup, where Messi scored Argentina's sixth goal after a beautiful team play from Jose Pekerman's players.
In his World Cup Debut, Messi became the youngest player to representArgentina
at a FIFA World Cup and the sixth-youngest goal scorer in the history of the World Cup.
Messi's best season in terms of goal scoring stat was the 2011-12 season in which he broke Gerd Muller's long-lasting record of most goals scored in a calendar year, overtaking the German's 85 goals scored in 1972 with 91 goals at the end of 212.
Messi received the Guinness World Records title for most goals scored in a calendar year and later won his then record fourth Ballon d'Or.
The closest Messi ever came to win the World Cup, was in the 2014 as he was in superb form and guided Argentina to the Final againstGermany
. Unfortunately for Messi and cos. Luck was not in their side in the final and after so many missed chances, Germany won by Gotze's goal in the extra-time.
Messi won the competitions golden ball award and although he was understandably depressed upon receiving it, it still can be considered as one of
Lionel Messi Most LEGENDARY Moments Ever in Football
Definitely among Lionel Messi Best Moments in Barcelona shirt is when he scored his memorable goal against Guardiola's Bayern Munchen, in the best season of Barcelona's famous attacking trio, MSN.
and Suarez were all on fire throughout the season as Barcelona won their second treble. In the 3-0 win against Bayern in semi-final of the Champions League, Messi scored one of the best goals of the history of the competition after an amazing dribble past Gerome Boateng and a delightful chip over Manuel Neuer's head.
Messi is the all-time best scorer in El Clasico's history but his last minute goal against Los Blancos in the 2016-17 season is widely considered as one of
Lionel Messi greatest moments of all time
Barcelona needed a win in the Santiago Bernabeu to close the gap on leaders, Real Madrid. The game was set for a draw when Messi scored Barcelona's third goal with the last kick of the game. To celebrate the goal, He famously took his shirt off and displayed it to the Real Madrid fans. More amazing was the fact that it was Messi's 500th goal for Barcelona.
Although the Argentinian magician has wowed many opposition fans during his career, his only standing ovation from the rival's diehard fans came when Messi orchestrated Barcelona's 3-1 win againstReal Betis
with a mesmerizing performance.
Messi scored a hat trick in the game, his third with an unbelievable chip from the edge of the box was awarded by a standing ovation from the fans. It was without a doubt one of the Most amazing Messi moments in Barcelona.
One of Lionel Messi Best Moments in Barcelona was when he scored his 600th goal for Barcelona in style with a perfect free-kick againstLiverpool
in the 2018-19 UCL semi-final. The Argentine great struck the ball from 35 yards away from goal. It flew over the wall and nestled perfectly into the top corner.
Barcelona won the first leg 3-0 but was humiliated after a 4-0 defeat in the second leg. Still, the goal was nominated for Puskas award and Messi won his record sixth Golden boot at the end of the year.
Despite failing to win the Champions League in the 2018-19 season, Messi was so superb that he eventually won his record sixth Ballon d'Or, ahead of Critic's favoriteVirgil Van Dijk
. He scored an incredible 51 goals in 50 games for Barcelona across all competitions and also won his sixth Pichichi award.
Messi's last of 35 titles with Barcelona was the 20-21 Copa del Rey. Messi started the season in a bad mood after the humiliating 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich in theChampions League
and departure of his best friend Luis Suarez from Barcelona. However, He was able to get past those difficult moments and guide his team to Copa del Rey title. With Messi on fire again, Barcelona went on a run of 21 games without defeat and was close to winning the La Liga title as well. But they collapsed mentally in the final four games and lost the title to a Suarez-inspired Atletico Madrid.
Lionel Messi scored his last goal for Barcelona in a 2-1 defeat against Celta Vigo in the 37th week of La Liga's 20-21 season. Messi scored most of his Barcelona goals with his deadly left-foot but his final one was a rare header. The goal brought up his 30th goal of the season and a record eighth Pichichi award. However it eventually came to nothing as Barcelona surrendered their advantage to lose the game they desperately needed to win in order to have a chance at the La Liga title.
Every great story eventually comes to an end and in the case of Lionel Messi, his amazing fairy tale with Barcelona had a bitter ending. Messi came out of his summer holidays fresh from winning the 2020Copa America
, hoping to sign a new 5-year contract which would make him one of the few one club legends in the history of the game. Instead he was informed by Barcelona's new president, Juan Laporta that they cannot sign him because of structural and financial issues.
Messi was as heartbroken as every Barcelona fan and broke in tears when he attended his farewell press conference only two days later. The followings are his final words as a Barcelona player:
"I’ve been here so many years, my entire life since I was 13. After 21 years, I’m leaving with my wife, my three little Catalan-Argentine kids, and I can’t tell you we won’t come back because this is my home, and I promised my children that."
"In recent days I have given lots of thought to what I can say and truth to tell I can’t think of anything. This is really difficult for me after so many years spent here – my entire life. I’m not ready for this."
"I tried to behave with humility and respect, and I hope that is what remains of me when I leave the club."
So what do you think of our list of Lionel Messi Best Moments in Barcelona? Any moment you want to add to our list? Can the Argentinian wizard reach even higher heights in his last career seasons? Let us know in the comments below.
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