Lionel Messi has delivered so many superhuman performances during his footballing career that it’s hard to decide which one is his greatest.
From scoring a hat-trick against Real Madrid at the age of 19 to notching four goals in a single Champions League game against Arsenal, the little Argentine really has wowed us down the years.
But it’s hard to think of a performance by Messi – or indeed any footballer – that surpasses the Barcelona superstar’s 90 minutes of magic against Bayern Munich in 2015.
Pep Guardiola’s German giants arrived at the Camp Nou expecting to put Barca to the test, but Messi saw to it that the Bundesliga’s dominant force left Catalonia a wounded animal.
The 32-year-old scored twice in the game, including that memorable goal in which he sucked the soul out of Jerome Boateng’s body and left him in a heap on the turf.
But the goals were just one aspect of a performance that no player on the planet could mirror – not even Cristiano Ronaldo.
Below, you will find a short highlight package of Messi’s display that famous night nearly five years ago. One player should not be able to deliver that much brilliance in just 90 minutes of action.
MESSI’S HIGHLIGHTS VS BAYERN MUNICH IN 2015
The Bayern midfield and defence just could not match the marauding Argentine.
His assist for Neymar’s goal was effortlessly brilliant, an inch-perfect pass that any playmaker throughout history would have been proud of.
The return leg of the semi-final saw Bayern get some redemption with a 3-2 win, but Barcelona progressed to the final where they saw off Juventus 3-1 in Rome.
That was the last time Messi got his hands on the coveted Champions League trophy and with the competition likely to be cancelled for the 2019/20 season, the Argentine will have to wait a while to touch it again.
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