The 6-time Ballon d’Or winner has been ripping apart defenses his entire career, scoring an all-time La Liga record 469 goals for his Catalan side and over 700 goals in all competitions. On top of the individual accolades, he’s led the Blaugrana to nine domestic league titles, six Copa Del Rey, and four Champions League titles. Here are his top eleven goals for Barcelona.
vs. Getafe: April 19, 2007 Copa Del Rey Semifinal
In a Copa Del Rey semifinal game against Getafe, a then 19-year-old Lionel Messi dribbles all the way from the other side of the field and through six opponents to score a miraculous solo effort. The goal signaled to the world Messi’s official arrival.
vs. Real Zaragoza La Liga: March 21, 2010
In a La Liga match against Real Zaragoza, Messi plucks the ball from the opposition at the halfway line and dribbles down the field with three opponents slogging behind. He places the ball low into the right corner of the net, his second goal of a hat-trick.
vs. Real Madrid: April 27, 2011 Champions League Semifinal, first leg
Called one of “the greatest goal of all-time” by his former teammate Xavi Hernandez, Messi dodged five Real Madrid players to score his second of the night against arch-rivals Real Madrid in the first leg of the Champions League semifinal. Barcelona went on to win Champions League against Manchester United in the finals.
vs. Bayern Munich: May 6, 2015 Champions League Semifinal, first leg
With some sublime footwork, Messi jukes Bayern Munich’s Jérôme Boateng to the ground as he scores a second magnificent goal for Barca. Barcelona went on to beat Juventus to win the Champions League, Messi’s fourth.
vs. Athletic Bilbao: May 30, 2015, Copa Del Rey Final
Lionel Messi is faster dribbling the ball than without. Case and point the Copa Del Rey final that pitted Barcelona against Athletic Bilbao. Just above the halfway line, Messi exploits his diminutive nature to dribble, dart, and swerve past three defenders at once to take the ball all the way to the goal.
Barcelona vs Real Madrid, La Liga 2012
Whipping and curling the ball outside the wall, Messi scored a world-class free-kick against arch-rivals Real Madrid in the 2012 Spanish Super Cup. Los Blancos still held on to win the game 2-1.
Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid, La Liga, 2013/14
The quick-thinking Messi saw a flummoxed Atletico Madrid defense and put the ball right where he intended: the top right corner. The arch of the ball as it crosses fields is a thing of beauty, something Thibaut Courtois would like to forget.
FC Barcelona vs Valencia 3-0 March 2010
Most players ponder the opportunity to draw the penalty in the box. But not Lionel Messi. He’d rather take a few hits and dribble around his opponents to snag a goal in the game of play. His first of three goals in the game against Valencia is simply a thing of magic.
Barcelona vs Celta de Vigo, La Liga 2016
In a La Liga match in the 2015/16 season, Lionel Messi winds up at a 30-yard free-kick to bury it beautifully in the top right corner. Just another piece of skill from the little magician.
La Liga 2016, Barcelona 3-0 Osasuna, Dec 2016
In the usual Messi solo goal hunt, he takes on five players to notch a goal against La Liga side Osasuna. Barcelona won the match 3 nil.
Barcelona vs Espanyol, La Liga 2015/16 season
In a 2015/16 La Liga match between Barcelona and Espanyol, Messi delivered one of his trademark curlers, this time leveraging the top bar to pin it down into the net. The goalie couldn’t tame the thunderbolt.