Lionel Messi's top 5 performances of the Season
Messi has several oustanding performances this season, but which ones belong in the top 5
Truly, talent is talent and class is class. When it comes to mesmerizing football fans with unbelievable skills and magical abilities, no one does it better than Lionel Messi. Small but mighty, short yet indispensable, the Argentine is arguably one of the greatest players to ever step on the football pitch.
Ever since he broke unto the stage over a decade ago, the playmaker has remained a constant influence on the game. Five Ballon d'Or awards, 4 European Golden Shoes and 4 Champions League trophies are not enough to appreciate his incredible talent.
Entertaining football fans with his incredible knack and leading his club from glory to glory, the Barca maestro is truly second to none in the game. Leo has been the most complete, most consistent and most dominant player for the past 10 seasons. His fantastic talent is the reason why millions of football fans turn up to watch the beautiful game.
This season is another highlight in the Argentine's career. He has taken his game to a new dimension, helping Barcelona in overturning a nightmare to reach a fantastic height that no one could have imagined. His incredible efforts are why the Blaugrana have won the La Liga and the Copa Del Rey
Therefore, let us look at 5 matches where the Argentine has been at his obvious best this season:
#5. Real Madrid vs Barcelona (December 23, 2017)
After earlier humiliating Barcelona 5-1 in the Spanish Super Cup, Real Madrid welcomed the Catalans to the Santiago Bernabeu for their first meeting of the campaign. This presented Lionel Messi and Barcelona the ultimate chance to avenge the initial defeat they suffered at the hands of the Los Blancos.
The hosts started well, attacking desperately and pressing intensely. However, it didn't take long before Messi began threatening their defense. The Argentine first clipped a pass over the top and Paulinho met it with an awesome volley which Navas saved narrowly with his finger-tip. Paulinho received another cross from the playmaker but his header was pushed away by the goalkeeper, forcing the match to a goalless first half.
Shortly after the restart, Luis Suarez put the Blaugrana ahead. Real Madrid players were busy man-marking Messi and this afforded the Uruguayan some space on the left. Sergi Roberto found the striker with a nice pass and he finished it perfectly to earn his team a vital lead.
In the 63rd minute, Real Madrid defender, Dani Carvajal was sent off by the referee after he handled the ball on the goal line. The decision also attracted a penalty kick which the Mercurial Argentine stepped up and converted, beating the goalkeeper with a nice shot that crashed into the roof of the net.
Leo got involved again in the closing stages of the game. He dribbled and manipulated his way through the right before sending a precise pass to Aleix Vidal at the edge of the box. The defender sent a thunderous shot into the net to conclude a perfect revenge at the Santiago Bernabeu.