Lionel Messi is the second name of consistency. He has been always consistent on the pitch, always delivering for his team when his team needs him the most. Every time he steps on to the field, everyone knows that he is going to come up with a moment of brilliance. His career is full of magical performances, surprising the world every time. It is difficult to decide which is his best performance but we have picked up Lionel Messi top 10 Best Performances.
10. Hat-trick at Santiago Bernabeu (2014):
23 March 2014 marks the day when Lionel Messi became the top scorer in Clasico and became the only one to score 2 hat-ricks against Real Madrid. He stepped up at the most crucial times and brought Barcelona back into the game with 3 goals and 1 assist to Iniesta. Barcelona won 3-4 in the game.
09. Vs Ac Milan in UCL Round of 16 (2013):
In the season 2012/13, Barcelona drew with AC Milan in the round of sixteen. After the first leg, Barcelona was down by 2 goals. The second leg played at Camp Nou was a special match for Barcelona fans. Lionel Messi opened the scoring with a brilliant long-range goal at the 5th minute of the game. Just before halftime he scored the second goal and individually brought Barcelona on level terms with AC Milan. The two goals by David Villa and Jordi Alba in the second half made the aggregate score 4-2 and Barcelona advanced to next round.
08. Vs Manchester United in UCL final (2009):
Barcelona advanced to Champions League final in 2009 and the final was played against Manchester United in Rome. Lionel Messi scored his first goal against an English club against Manchester United in UCL final in an unlikely way for a little man to do. The goal from the head scored by Leo was stated by British Journalists as a mythological thing and sealed the victory for Barcelona.
07. Vs Manchester United in UCL final (2011):
Like 2 years before Barcelona advanced to the Champions League final and played against Manchester United at Wembley Stadium. Barcelona was level with United at 1-1 with Pedro and Wayne Rooney had scored earlier for their respective teams. Messi rose to the occasion and came up with a moment of brilliance by scoring a long-range goal from outside the box and gave Barca the lead that was crucial for Barcelona’s win.
06. Vs Real Madrid in UCL semi-final (2011):
The first leg of the semi-final of UCL in 2011 was played at Real Madrid’s home ground where Messi provided 2 moments of magic and scored a brace. His second goal is one of the best goals he has scored in his entire career.
05. Hat-trick vs Brazil (2012):
Argentina vs Brazil is regarded as the biggest game played in the International football. When both the countries played against each other in June 2012, Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick and saved the day for his country.
04. Vs Bayern Munich in UCL semi-final (2015):
This is indeed the most memorable performance of his. The draw between the Spanish giant and the German giant in the UCL semi final in 2015 had a lot of history attached to it like Pep returning to Camp Nou, Bayern humiliating Barcelona 2 years back, Manuel Neuer denying Messi in the World cup 2014 final and lot more. The tense game went goalless for 76 minutes and then Messi happened. He scored 2 goals in the 77th and 80th minute of the game and provided an assist to Neymar in the 4th minute of the extra time and the game ended up with a scoreline 3-0 for Barca.
03. Vs Bayer Leverkusen in UCL (2012):
Messi created a record for the most goals in a single Champions league game with 5 goals against Bayer Leverkusen in group stages.
02. Hat-trick vs Real Madrid (2007):
Lionel Messi scored his first career hat-trick at the age of 19 at Camp Nou against Real Madrid where his third goal equaled Barcelona on the scoreline with 1 man down.
01. 4 goals vs Arsenal in UCL Quarterfinal (2010):
And finally, the best performance of Messi could be awarded to his performance against Arsenal when the two teams played the second leg of the UCL Quarterfinal at Camp Nou. Messi destroyed Arsenal’s defense when he netted the ball 4 times.
All of his performances could be summed up in this video which is a short compilation.
Lionel Messi top 10 Best Performances
10. Hat-trick at Santiago Bernabeu (2014)
9. Vs Ac Milan in UCL Round of 16 (2013)
8. Vs Manchester United in UCL final (2009)
7. Vs Manchester United in UCL final (2011)
6. Vs Real Madrid in UCL semi-final (2011)
5. Hat-trick vs Brazil (2012)
4. Vs Bayern Munich in UCL semi-final (2015)
3. Vs Bayer Leverkusen in UCL (2012)
2. Hat-trick vs Real Madrid (2007)
1. 4 goals vs Arsenal in UCL Quarterfinal (2010)