Lionel Messi's best performances against Premier League clubs
Undoubtedly one of the greatest players of all time, Lionel Messi has had countless amazing performances in his career. Over 560 goals for Barcelona, 65 for Argentina, five Ballon d'ors and the list goes on.
"Can he do it in the Premier League or can he do it on a cold rainy night at Stoke?" are the questions always asked by his critics. For years, we have all speculated what it would be like to see Messi come and play in the Premier League. It looks like that may never happen, and we will be treated only to a few glimpses of Messi on Premier League soil.
At first it looked like the critics may have had a point. Messi struggled during his early appearances as he failed to find the net in his first 9 Champions League games against English opposition. But since then he has scored more goals (21) and provided more assists (6) against English clubs in the Champions League than against sides from any other nation. Overall his record stands at 29 appearances, 22 goals and 6 assists.
So let's take a look at some of his finest performances against Premier League sides:
#6 Barcelona vs Manchester United, 2008-09 Champions League final
His first goal against Premier League opposition and it couldn't have come at a better time. Messi even claims it to be his favourite goal and why wouldn't he? It came against Cristiano Ronaldo's Manchester United in a Champions League Final ( Messi vs Ronaldo was limited to Champions League back then till Ronaldo moved to Madrid in 2009).
It was a contest between the two greatest players but it was Messi who had the last laugh with a stunning headed goal.