After Cristiano Ronaldo’s masterclass for Juventus against Atletico Madrid on Tuesday night, it was inevitable that Lionel Messi would be the star of the show at the Camp Nou 24 hours later.
The Argentine forward opened the scoring in the 17th minute with an audacious Panenka penalty.
They say Ronaldo isn’t fazed by pressure; well, on the evidence of this penalty, neither is Messi.
Barcelona were awarded the penalty when Luis Suarez was brought down inside the box.
Referee Szymon Marciniak pointed to the spot and up stepped Messi.
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The 31-year-old, whose record from penalties hasn’t always been the best, made no mistake with the cheekiest of Panenka penalties.
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Pure sauce from Messi. The nerve to pull that off in such an important match.
Remember, the two teams were still level on aggregate after a 0-0 draw in Lyon last month.
But Messi lives for these occasions and delighted the Camp Nou crowd with his moment of magic.
Philippe Coutinho - no, really - then made it 2-0 to the Catalan giants on the half-hour mark.
Messi then went on to score his second of the night in the 78th minute with a typically outstanding individual effort.
He then set up Gerard Pique and Ousmane Dembele's goals as Barcelona record an emphatic 5-1 victory.