In a spectacular display of athleticism, Barcelona’s Lionel Messi proves why he is considered as one of the best players in the sport as he led his team 3-0 against Bayern Munich in the first leg of the Champions League semis.
Messi was mostly playing on the sides during the first half of the match. However, come the second half, he started putting pressure on Bayern. He had his first close encounter with the goal after a round of passing between him and Neymar. However, Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer managed to blocked it off, as well as deny a later attempt by Neymar himself.
However, the 27-year old finally broke into Bayern’s defense late in the game, as he sunk in his first goal of the night and the Barcas’ first point just 13 minutes before the end of regular play. Messi then made a quick play around defender Jerome Boateng to drive home his second goal of the night just four minutes later. The two goals now put him at 77 Champions League goals, one more than Cristiano Ronaldo.
During injury time, Neymar clinched Barcelona’s third goal to seal the victory.
The team celebrated Messi’s show of force in the match, with Barca midfieldewr Javier Mascherano calling it as something “impossible to describe”. “We have Messi and that is a big advantage,” Mascherano said of their win.
Manager Luis Enrique echoed the praise of his players for Messi. “Without any doubt life is easier with Leo,” Enrique said. “It is a pleasure to see him for you every three days, we see him every day. He is a player from another dimension.
However, while the team is jubilant over their victory, Enrique was also cautious to say that the win has already put them at an advantage in the match. The Barcas’ boss said that he expects Bayern to make a comeback in the second leg.