Barcelona talisman Lionel Messi proved the difference in last night's Champions League showdown, but not before Vincent Kompany had proved you can stop the Argentine maestro with a tackle of stunning simplicity.
Kompany showed Martin Demichelis how its done by racing out to meet Messi near the halfway line, before timing a block tackle to perfection as he claimed the ball with perfect precision.
Messi went on to score the only goal from the penalty spot after drawing a decisive foul from Demichelis, rendering Kompany's memorable effort redundant in the context of the tie.
Watch Kompany's contender for the tackle of 2014 in a Vine provided by 101 Great Goals at the top of the page, or by clicking HERE!
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