Some of the best moments in the illustrious career of Lionel Messi have come in the Champions League.
Barcelona’s talisman usually saves his best for Europe’s top-tier competition, winning the tournament on four occasions with the Blaugrana.
Messi has scored 114 goals and provided 35 assists in the Champions League, while also delivering a litany of iconic moments along the way.
That solo goal against Real Madrid, leaving Jerome Boateng sprawled on the turf, scoring five goals against Bayer Leverkusen and more, Messi’s love affair with the Champions League has been a joy to watch.
Before the second leg of Barcelona’s last-16 against Napoli tonight, BT Sport have provided a video compilation of some of the Argentine’s magic in the competition down the years.
To make things even better, they’re in slow-motion, so you can fully appreciate the unique brilliance of possibly the finest footballer to have played the game – enjoy!
If that doesn’t get you fired up for the return of the Champions League, nothing will.
Messi has made the competition his playground at times and in this season’s edition of the tournament, the magnificent Argentine has scored two goals and assisted three more in six games.
The 33-year-old had a relatively quiet evening during Barcelona’s 1-1 draw in Naples prior to the suspension of the Champions League due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Tonight at the Camp Nou, Messi will be eager to take centre stage once again and attempt to put the Blaugrana on the path to winning the competition.
The last time Barca won the Champions League was back in 2015 and their capitulations in recent years are a serious cause for concern.
This time around, you just can’t see Quique Setien’s side even getting into a position to capitulate, such has been their struggles in 2019/20.
But when you’ve got Messi, anything is possible and the rest of the teams left in the competition will be more than aware of that.
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