Lionel Messi has scored a fair amount of goals in his career.
Of course, that’s a severe understatement. He’s Barcelona’s all-time top goalscorer and earlier this week overtook Gabriel Batistuta to become Argentina’s leading scorer.
It must be impossible for him to remember every goal he’s scored, he’s found the net so many times.
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But ask Messi to name his favourite ever goal and one immediately springs to mind.
Manchester United fans might want to look away now.
That’s because the 29-year-old has admitted his best goal came against them in the 2009 Champions League final.
Just to jog the memory, here’s the goal Messi is on about.
In an interview uploaded to Neymar’s website (weirdly enough), the five-time Ballon d’Or winner was asked to name his best goal.
His response, per Sport, was unwavering.
“I always say that I consider the importance of the goal, more than for its beauty and so mine would be the first I scored in a Champions League final, with a header, for the importance it had.”
Not only was it a sweet goal, but also a rare one. Messi’s head has hardly been the cause of many of his goals.
Double heartache for United
And he was the cause of much heartache for United two years later when he scored in the 3-1 Champions League final win at Wembley Stadium.
After the game, Sir Alex Ferguson admitted that Barcelona were the best team he has faced in his managerial career.
“They're the best in Europe, no question about that,” the retired manager said, per The Guardian. “In my time as a manager, I would say they're the best team we've faced. Everyone acknowledges that and I accept that.
“No one has given us a hiding like that. It's a great moment for them. They deserve it because they play the right way and enjoy their football.”