With another season coming to a close, Leo Messi is once again on a high, having played an instrumental role in his club’s success in all competitions. He scored 41 goals and assisted 23 times making him a valuable commodity in the Barca dressing room. Let us take a look at Lionel Messi 7 Best Performances of the Season 2015-2016.
1. VS Espanyol in Copa Del Rey:
In this game, Messi scored twice and assisted in the other two goals. He was all over the pitch, he was creating chances and was basically the engineer of the team’s success in the match.
2. VS Levante UD in La Liga:
Playing as the captain and in his preferred position, Messi was quick to outshine the rest of his teammates in a game that saw him score two goals and assist in another one. Messi’s performance also quieted many of his critics who were saying he had lost the magic touch.
3. VS Roma in Champions’ League:
Messi has always been one to take pressure head-on. In high profile European games, Barca usually look towards their prodigal talisman to create magic and guide the team to victory. This game was no different. Up against a tough Italian side, the Spaniards knew they would have a difficult time. However, Messi had different plans. The captain quickly took charge of the game and before Roma knew what hit them, Barca were walking away with a 6-1 victory which saw Messi producing a brilliant performance and score 2 for the team.
4. VS Arsenal in Champions’ League;
It was the first leg of the round-of-16 and Barca were already going through a rough patch. Given the scenario, and the fact that the game was to be played at the Emirates Stadium in London, many pundits predicted a difficult game for the Catalans. However, Messi came to the rescue once again. He was skillful with the ball and Arsenal’s defenders were simply no match for his dribbling skills. Messi scored two goals and guided his team to a comfortable victory.
5. VS Granada in La Liga:
Unlike the past seasons, we saw fewer hat-tricks by the Argentinean this year. One of the few instances where Messi was able to score three was this game against Granada. Messi was easily able to undo the weak defense of the opponents and easily swept them aside and took the ball home with him by scoring three magnificent goals.
6. VS Rayo Vallecano in La Liga:
Another one of the games where Messi scored a hat-trick, this was especially memorable because of how well the entire team played together. While Barca always have a close-knit squad, this game saw a special kind of chemistry among the players, so much so that they ended up scoring 5 outstanding goals, 3 of which were scored by Messi.
7. VS Sevilla in Copa Del Rey:
Messi produced an amazing display in the final as he assisted in both the goals scored by Barca. It was heartening to see the Catalan king back to his best after a season of uncertainty and Barca most definitely finished the season in style.
List of Lionel Messi 7 Best Performances of the Season 2015-2016
- VS Espanyol in Copa Del Rey
- VS Levante UD in La Liga
- VS Roma in Champions’ League
- VS Arsenal in Champions’ League
- VS Granada in La Liga
- VS Rayo Vallecano in La Liga
- VS Sevilla in Copa Del Rey