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Lionel Messi: Barcelona and Argentina star’s renowned minutes

Lionel Messi: Barcelona and Argentina star’s renowned minutes
Lionel Messi has had so many iconic moments in his career - with 627 goals and 34 trophies for Barcelona as well as six Ballons d'Or.As part of a Messi Day across BBC Sport, we picked what we thought were his 10 most iconic moments for Barcelona and Argentina and asked you to rank them.Here…

Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi has actually had so many iconic minutes in his career – with 627 objectives and 34 trophies for Barcelona in addition to six Ballons d’Or.

As part of a Messi Day throughout BBC Sport, we chose what we believed were his 10 most iconic moments for Barcelona and Argentina and asked you to rank them.

Here they are from one to 10 as decided by you. You can still select your order at the bottom of the page.

You know he’s okay when scoring four against a Premier League group just makes it in at number 9 …

1. Messi scores 91 goals in a year

Genuine Valladolid 1-3 Barcelona, 22 December 2012

Even by the exceptional goalscoring exploits of Messi and Ronaldo, the Argentine’s record-breaking 2012 still appears implausible – 91 goals in the calendar year.

He netted 79 goals for Barcelona and 12 for Argentina – in an overall of 69 video games for club and country.

It sufficed to make Messi an extraordinary 4th consecutive Ballon d’Or – although he just won the Copa del Rey in 2012 for all those objectives.

2. Messi’s very first hat-trick

Barcelona 3-3 Real Madrid, 10 March 2007

Messi’s very first profession hat-trick came in one of the biggest fixtures in football.

This was perhaps the minute he ended up being a family name.

3.

Barcelona 5-2 Getafe, 18 April 2007

Messi’s goal in the Copa del Rey semi-final very first leg 13 years ago remains arguably his greatest strike.

In a goal with remarkable similarities to Diego Maradona’s (non-handball) strike against England in the 1986 World Cup, Messi selected the ball up in his own half, beat about 5 protectors, went round the goalkeeper and after that slotted home.

4. Messi’s very first Champions League final goal

Barcelona 2-0 Manchester United, 27 May 2009

If you can think it, there was a time when individuals questioned whether Messi might do it versus English clubs in Europe.

But there were no doubts any more when Messi rose greatest in the box to head house Xavi’s cross in his first Champions League final – and the very first video game billed as Messi v Cristiano Ronaldo. Messi breaks Barcelona scoring record

Barcelona 5-3 Granada, 20 March 2012

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Radio Catalunya commentary of Lionel Messi’s record-breaking goal. Commentator: Joaquim Maria Puyal

Messi broke Barcelona’s goalscoring record at the age of 24 – the only way he understands how, with a hat-trick.

He equated to Cesar Rodriguez’s record of 232 goals with his first versus Granada, broke it with his second and extended the record with the third.

Messi, now 32, is on 627 Barcelona objectives and counting (when La Liga reboots) – practically 400 clear of any person else.

6. Messi’s 500 th Barcelona goal can be found in El Clasico

Genuine Madrid 2-3 Barcelona – 23 April 2017

Sometimes an objective almost appears too perfect – and this was among those. Messi popped up with an injury-time objective versus Genuine in 2017, sweeping home a novice shot from the edge of the area. It was an El Clasico winner, his 500 th Barcelona objective and it sent out Barca top of the table (although Real would go on to win the league).

For great procedure, he took out a renowned event when he removed his t-shirt and held it out so the Bernabeu faithful might see his name.

7. Messi wins sixth Ballon d’Or

” I still have lovely years ahead of me,” he said while collecting the award.

How many more renowned moments can he include prior to his retirement?

Now it’s your turn.

Barcelona 5-1 Sevilla, 22 November 2014

Another goalscoring record broken – and another hat-trick to do it.

Messi is now on 438 La Liga objectives, almost 200 clear of the old record, and more than 100 above Ronaldo – who was on 311 prior to he left Genuine Madrid for Juventus.

Barcelona 4-1 Toolbox, 6 April 2010

Messi scored 4 objectives for the first time in his profession as he took Arsenal to the cleaners in the 2010 Champions League quarter-final. The pick of the bunch was his chip over Manuel Almunia for his hat-trick.

An honourable mention goes to his five-goal haul against Bayer Leverkusen in a 7-1 win in the last 16 2 years later on.

He is the second top scorer in Champions League history with 114, behind Ronaldo.

10 Messi wins World Cup golden ball

Germany 1-0 Argentina, 13 July 2014

In theory this should have been one of Messi’s biggest minutes – being called the best gamer in a World Cup.

However it was an unusual choice, with numerous observers thinking he had actually underwhelmed in the knockout rounds, having scored 4 goals in the group stages.

Messi briefly retired from global football in 2016 after losing in the Copa America final for the third time, and once again considered his future after the 2018 World Cup but he is still going.

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