Rare footage has emerged of the moment Lionel Messi destroyed Nani with a brilliant bit of skill in the 2011 Champions League final.
The legendary Argentine forward scored the second of Barça’s three goals that night and deservedly picked up the Man of the Match award after full-time.
Pedro opened the scoring for Pep Guardiola’s side in the 27th minute before Wayne Rooney equalised for United shortly afterwards.
But second-half goals from Messi and David Villa saw Barcelona lift the European Cup for the fourth time in their history.
Sir Alex Ferguson, who also suffered defeat against the same club two years earlier in Rome, said his Manchester United had never faced a better team throughout his tenure as manager.
“In my time as a manager, I would say they’re the best team we’ve faced,” Ferguson told reporters after the match, per The Guardian. “Everyone acknowledges that and I accept that. It’s not easy when you’ve been well beaten like that to think another way. No one has given us a hiding like that.”
Messi toyed with Man Utd in the 2011 Champions League final
But it’s clear that Messi was the biggest difference between the two sides.
A constant threat whenever he received the ball, the South American toyed with the then Premier League champions all evening.
And it was his magnificent skill against Nani that led to Villa putting the game beyond United’s reach.
Footage recorded by a fan in the stands – and posted to Twitter by @RoyNemer – shows Messi roasting Nani near the touchline before busting into the penalty area.
Watch the clip here:
Lionel Messi dribbles passed Nani, David Villa scores for FC Barcelona vs. Manchester United in the Champions League final. I somehow had this saved on my phone, not my video. Please credit if you know who! pic.twitter.com/hsQTQU7hsM— Roy Nemer (@RoyNemer) June 13, 2022
One little swerve of the body and Messi left Nani eating dust.
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Surprisingly, Messi has only managed to add one more Champions League trophy to his remarkable collection of silverware since that final.
Now with Paris Saint-Germain, Messi is determined to win Europe’s premier cup competition at least once more before he hangs up his boots.
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