Lionel Messi best UCL performance? When Barcelona legend tore Bayern apart in 2009

Lionel Messi Bayern highlights 2009

How does one sum up Lionel Messi?

In truth, we’ve probably run out of superlatives to describe the Argentine maestro who has, quite simply, changed the face of football forever.

Alongside eternal rival Cristiano Ronaldo, Messi has driven the game to stratospheric new heights, breaking just about every record there is to break.

In the colours of his beloved Barcelona, Messi built a one-man dynasty that may never be toppled, bagging himself an astonishing seven Ballon d’Or titles.

He would score an astonishing 670 goals in 776 games for the Blaugrana, while also bagging a further 302 assists.

Things haven’t exactly gone according to plan since he swapped Catalonia for Paris but, with a new season beckoning, Messi looks set to rewrite his Parisian adventure.

PSG will certainly be hoping for some massive individual performances from Messi as they desperately fight to finally end their painful European hoodoo.

Based on previous evidence, it certainly seems as though they have the right man for the job as well, with Messi responsible for easily some of the greatest individual performances on the European stage.

But which one is his best? Well, recent footage that has been doing the round on Twitter suggests that Messi single-handedly ripping Bayern Munich to shreds in 2009 is a strong contender.

Messi was simply playing on another planet at the Camp Nou as he ran riot among the hapless Bayern defenders.

BARCELONA, SPAIN – APRIL 08: Lionel Messi of Barcelona celebrates his goal during the UEFA Champions League quarter final first leg match between FC Barcelona and FC Bayern Munich at the Camp Nou stadium on April 8, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

It was Messi who opened the scoring, sliding the ball into the net with an absurd surety as the Barca machine began to rev up.

He was then in the thick of the action yet again as he beautifully set-up Samuel Eto’o to double the lead before helping himself to yet another goal of his own in the 38th minute.

It was nothing short of a Messi masterclass as he killed off the tie before half-time in the first leg.

You can see the best bits from the Messi domination in the clip below:

Unbelievable. Nothing short of poetry in motion.

Those poor Bayern defenders were simply chasing his shadow all night long and Messi new it as he toyed with them at every turn.

It is that kind of performance that PSG will be hoping to see from Messi in the Champions League this season.

If he can replicate that kind of form in royal Parisian blue, then there is a real chance that European glory could be on the menu in the French capital.

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