Looking back on this campaign, several moments come to mind immediately, the 1-0 win against Madrid in La Liga, the 3-0 win in the Copa del Rey against Real again, and then the 5-1 demolition of Lyon in the Champions League.
But the most triumphant moment of this year must be Barcelona’s 4-1 win against Betis – a game in which Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick. All three goals were astonishing, especially the last, which had me thinking… where does it rank among Messi’s top five goals in his career for club? Here’s my list, in no particular order.
Maradonaesque Run Against Getafe
Who can forget the run that made Messi known as one of the best, so strikingly similar to that of Diego Maradona’s and that was just named Barcelona’s best ever goal? Of course, I know you’ve seen it – but it’s always good to watch it again.
Chip Goal Against Bayern Munich
Year? 2015 and the season of Barcelona’s treble-winning campaign. Playing against the former gaffer, Pep Guardiola, and a strong Bayern Munich team. Messi flipped the game upside down and did something worse to world-class defender Jerome Boateng.
Goal Against Real Betis
The aforementioned game and of course, the aforementioned goal. Messi received a ball from Ivan Rakitic and the conventional mind expected a dribble, or an instant cross. Not for the magisterial Argentinian though, Messi took a one-time shot, a beautiful chip right over the head of the Betis goalie. The goal was magnificent and even the Betis’ fans recognized the greatness in front of them – rising up from their seats and applauding him.
Free-Kick Against Atletico Madrid
A free-kick so perfect and almost unexplainable that it left one of the world’s best goalies baffled. Messi lined up against Atletico Madrid and instead of taking the route most players would have; Messi stunned everyone in the stadium.
Copa del Rey Goal vs Athletic Bilbao
Who can forget the marauding run against Athletic Bilbao in the final of the Copa del Rey? Messi bamboozled five defenders and even left his own team-mates speechless and picking their jaws up off the ground. The stage, the situation, and of course, the man himself delivered
How did I do with my selection? Tell us all about your favourite Messi goals in the comments below. Visca Barca!