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5 most important goals in Leo Messi's career

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FC Barcelona v AS Roma - UEFA Champions League
FC Barcelona v AS Roma - UEFA Champions League

Lionel Messi has scored some fabulous goals in his career, 522 in total and still counting. However, some have been more important than others. Unfortunately for him, he hasn’t yet won an international trophy, so his goals for his country have been slightly less important than those for Barcelona.

However, with the Argentinian having won multiple Champions League’s and league titles, he has scored many memorable important goals for Barca.

Here are Messi’s five most important career goals:

#5 Real Madrid – UCL semi-final 2011

Real Madrid v Barcelona - UEFA Champions League Semi Final
Messi finishes off an incredible run

It was a night of Jose Mourinho v Pep Guardiola and Cristiano Ronaldo v Lionel Messi, but it would be one only the Barcelona pair will want to remember. It would be they who walked away from the Bernabeu rubbing their hands together with one eye already on the Champions League final.

This El Clasico was a tight contest with lots of drama and Dani Alves and Pepe being at the forefront of it, unsurprisingly. However, it was Pepe who would be the player to break first, and after a silly challenge, the Portuguese international was sent off, opening up the game away from home for Barcelona, to Messi’s delight.

Having already scored the opener with a near post finish, 11 minutes later, he scored one of the greatest Champions League goals ever. Just past the half-way line, Sergio Busquets rolled the ball and stepped out of the Argentinian’s way as he first ran past Lassana Diarra, before stepping past both Sergio Ramos and Raul Albiol and running inside of Marcelo.

This left him with Iker Casillas to beat, off balance with his right foot, and of course, he did. Words cannot describe how magnificent it was, practically sealing Barcelona’s spot in 2011 final.

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