IN PICTURES: One Lionel Messi Goal For Every Season He’s Played At Barcelona

IN PICTURES: One Lionel Messi Goal For Every Season He’s Played At Barcelona
Jun 24, 2017

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The genius of Lionel Messi has graced the beautiful game since he entered it. The Argentine’s creativity, finishing, dribbling and everything else he has under his belt makes him a joy to watch. Messi has scored some magical goals over the course of his career, breaking records in the process. In 2012, Leo scored the most goals in a calendar year with 91 goals, breaking Gerd Müller’s record which he set in 1972.

As it’s Messi’s 30th birthday today, we decided to go down memory lane and look at some of the more magical goals over the seasons that have shaped theBarcelona man’s already fantastic career.

2004/2005 – vs Albacete, La Liga.

On the 1st May 2005, a 17-year-old Lionel Messi was put on as a substitute by manager, Frank Rijkaard, replacing Samuel Eto’o with 5 minutes to go. Within a minute, Messi was involved, latching onto a Ronaldinho pass and chipping the ball over the keeper, Raul Valbuena, only for the goal to be ruled off for offside.

But in stoppage time, a carbon copy occurred, but this time, the goal stood. With Ronaldinho putting Messi through and the Albacete defence in no man’s land, the Argentine finished with a chip over keeper Raul Valbuena, showing confidence way beyond his years for a 17-year-old who set the Catalan giants on their way to a first league title since the 98/99 season.

Messi went on to say about Frank Rijkaard: “I’ll never forget the fact that he launched my career, that he had confidence in me while I was only 16 or 17.”

2005/2006 – vs Panathinaikos, Champions League.

It was Lionel Messi’s first season playing in Europe’s prestige competition, and he did not disappoint. Capitalising on a mistake by a Panathinaikos defender in the box, Messi dinked the ball over keeper Mario Galinović, finishing it off with a tap-in.

It was Messi’s first of many goals in Europe, with him also showing what he can do on the European stage for people who have not seen much of him at that particular time he went on to impress further on in the competition against the likes of Chelsea and Ac Milan until injury ruled him out of the final.

2006/2007 – vs Getafe, Copa Del Ray.

A goal which showcased the true talent that the Argentine had. Messi picked up the ball just inside the Barcelona half, brushing off two Getafe players in the process, using his blistering pace and close control to skip away from three challenges, knocking it in front and beating the last defender, he still had the pace to get a hold of the ball and take it past David Belenguer before maintaining his composure to knock it into the empty net.

It was a goal that brought Messi to be compared to another Argentine great, Diego Maradona, due to the similarities between the goal Messi scored vs Getafe and the one Maradona scored against England in 1986 at the World Cup in Mexico. Now, it’s fair to say, at club level, Messi has achieved more compared to Maradona.

2007/2008 – vs Celtic, Champions League.

Barcelona were drawn against Scottish champions Celtic in the last 16 of the Champions League, a tightly contested affair at in the 1st leg, Parkhead showed that Messi can produce his magic when his team really needs him. After a one-two with Deco, the Argentine made a fantastic diagonal run behind Lee Naylor and after having very little to aim at, Lionel lifted it over Arthur Boruc and equalised.

Barcelona went on to win the tie 3-2, with Messi grabbing another in the game to put the Catalans ahead. They went through to the last eight after winning the second leg 1-0.

2008/2009 – vs Osasuna, La Liga.

With the departure of Ronaldinho in the summer, new manager Pep Guardiola made Messi the main man in the team and it paid dividends, scoring 38 goals in all competitions that season in which they won a fantastic treble, starting off European dominance for the club for at least three seasons more.

With the game poised at 2-2 on a foggy night at the El Sadar in Pamplona, once again, Messi stepped up to the plate as he scored a last-minute winner through a powerful drive with his left foot from 25-yards out with Andres Fernandez having no chance of saving it.

2009/10 – vs Real Zaragoza, La Liga.

The second goal of a fantastic hat-trick in this game has to go down of one of Messi’s greatest goals he had scored during the Guardiola era at Barcelona. Picking up the ball just inside the Zaragoza half, muscling off a Zaragoza defender to win the ball back.

Skipping past one player about 30 yards out, showing quick feet and close control in the process, Messi enters the box and beats the same defender twice, cutting him inside then outside before blasting a fantastic shot into the bottom corner with ex-Northern Ireland International, Gerry Armstrong, calling the Argentine “a one-man show”.

2010/2011 – vs Real Madrid, UEFA Champions League.

A Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu was the stage for one of many fantastic Lionel Messi goals.  A quick free-kick from Sergio Busquets reached Messi just inside the Madrid half, in what was a fiery affair from the Madrid side of things, then, one-two again with Busquets helped Messi breeze past Lassana Diarra before proceeding to beat three other players and eventually rolling the ball into the back of the net with his right foot past the stranded Iker Casillas.

Barcelona went on to win the Champions League that season, beating Manchester United, as well as winning La Liga in the process. It ended as another historic season for the Catalans, as they picked up their fourth European Crown.

2011/2012 – vs Atlético Madrid, La Liga.

An important game in La Liga, as Barcelona needed a win in order to keep up with title rivals, Real Madrid. With the Catalans already winning 2-1, Messi took a quick free-kick with unbelievable accuracy. With very little thinking, the magician put the ball over the wall, placing it into the opposite corner, leaving current Chelsea shot-stopper Thibaut Courtois stranded.

2012/2013 – vs Real Madrid, Spanish Super Cup.

The Spanish Super Cup was the occasion and Barcelona were leading 3-2 going into the second leg at the Bernabeu. However, that lead was then wiped as Madrid scored two goals in the first twenty minutes, making the score 4-3 on aggregate to the Los Blancos.

Not for long, though. Once again, up stepped Lionel Messi on the stroke of half-time, scoring a fantastic free-kick, wrapping the ball around his left foot before firing straight into the top corner, giving Iker Casillas no chance. Barca went on to win the Super Cup on away goals, setting themselves up nicely for the rest of the domestic season.

2013/2014 – vs Getafe, Copa Del Ray.

Another brilliant goal from Messi, this time in the Copa Del Ray against Getafe. Barcelona once again reached the final of the Copa Del Ray and the tie was wrapped up from the first-leg after the Catalans strolled to 4-0 winners. However, it didn’t stop Messi from wanting to score another magical goal. Getting a hold of the ball 30-yards out from goal, evading the tackle from midfield, he then nutmegged one Getafe’s centre-half before cooly taking it past the goalkeeper and slotting it home to get his 2nd of the match.

2014/2015 – vs Bayern Munich, Champions League.

One of the more recent Messi goals which caused world appreciation for the 30-year-old was during the Champions League semi-final first leg at the Camp Nou. Messi quite possibly scored one of the best goals during the Champions League era, running at Jérôme Boateng, turning him inside and out leaving the German on the floor and, in typical Messi fashion, he coolly dinked the ball over the on-rushing Neuer with his weaker right foot into the net.

2015/2016 vs Sevilla, UEFA Super Cup.

The Catalans were once again in the UEFA Super Cup final, but this time against a Sevilla side who could much then hold their own. Sevilla ran into a 3-0 lead, shocking Barcelona and their fanbase. However, Lionel Messi stepped up at 3-1, scoring a fantastic free-kick to make it 3-2. The Spanish side then completed an incredible comeback to win the game 5-4 and won their fifth Super Cup.

2016/2017 vs Real Madrid, La Liga.

A late winner in injury time at the Santiago Bernabeu put Barca joint-top of the league as Messi scored his 500th goal in Catalan colours with a fantastic left-footed volley into the bottom corner, beating Keylor Navas. The strike stunned the Bernabeu into silence, however, Barcelona lost out on the league title by three to Real Madrid. Messi ended up scoring 54 goals in 52 appearances in all competitions, continuing his free-scoring form.

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