AFP Sport takes a look at some of Lionel Messi’s best moments with Barcelona, for which he played 788 games before the world star left on Thursday.
March 10, 2007, Real Madrid draw 3-3 at home in La Liga.
Two left-footed strikes by Argentine starlet Messi brought Barcelona back into a game where Rod van Nistelrooy had taken a 2-0 lead over rivals Real Madrid in nine camps. But Sergio Ramos put an end to the then-19-year-old and his death after Messi’s blasphemous ball was stolen in the 90th minute.
On May 2, 2009, Real Madrid won the league 6-2.
Messi was at the heart of three goals that saw Madrid suffer a 6-2 painful home defeat at the hands of Barcelona. As Messi opened the floodgates around Barcelona, the team, led by coach Pep Guardiola, has gained worldwide acclaim this year with the Liga, the Spanish Cup and the Champions League three times over.
April 6, 2010, 4-1 Champions League quarter-final win over Arsenal at Camp Nou.
Barcelona were in trouble against Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal after a 2-2 draw in London when they trailed 1-0 at home as the Londoners dared an attacking strategy that led to Messi’s quick run. Fell short Starting with a long range shot before ending with no more than two and ending with a deadly short shot, Macy once again stole the audience and the show. He will score five goals in a 7-1 win over Leverkusen in 2012, a year in which he scored 91 goals. But armaments stand out as its most spectacular display.
On 27 April 2011, Real Madrid won the Champions League semi-final 2-0.
In his first match with Real Madrid in Europe, Messi scored a brilliant late double in the opening period as Guardiola’s Barcelona beat the competition in a game that attracted audiences around the world.
May 28, 2011: Champions League final, 3-1 victory over Manchester United in London.
Barساa also won the 2009 final again, with Messi leading his side to victory with a superb strike, his 53rd goal in 55 appearances this season. He also won the title of top scorer in the competition this year with 12 goals.
May 6, 2015, Champions League semi-final, first round – 3-0 win over Bayern Munich in Camp Nou.
Facing his former coach Pep Guardiola, Messi scored twice in three minutes at the end of the game.
The highlight of the day was a dribble that left opponent Jerome Boateng behind before Neymar was set up.
April 23, 2017, La Liga, 3-2 win over Real Madrid in Bernabeu.
Macy’s nose was bleeding from Real’s Marcelo.
Madrid went ahead before Messi equalized. At the end of the game, with a score of 2-2, Messi scored Keller Nawas with a clock that showed the second minute of the clock.
He took off his shirt and celebrated, holding it in front of Madrid supporters at arm’s length, raising his chin as a sign of violation.