Editorial Review: Lionel Messi’s Best Individual Performances Ever

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Messi's best individual performances of all time

It’s extremely difficult to categorize Lionel Messi’s Best Individual performances. He always delivers, he always comes up big for his team. Only Lionel Messi comes close to Messi when it comes to an individual brilliance mastering a whole game all by himself. He has been the best in his game for so many occasions but there were times when he made people question his abilities. “He can’t be human, He’s an Alien.” That’s something we keep hearing in reference to Messi. In this editorial review, our editors have mustered the courage to come up with some of Lionel Messi’s best Individual Performances for Football Club Barcelona. 

SHAHIL
THE PERFECT HATTRICK

If not all but Sahil has definitely drunk all the horrendous seasons with pain and agony. One thing which kept me alive was Messi and his brilliance, like Messi’s performance at the Benito Villamarín; One among the Messi’s best Individual performances of all time.

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    <p>Didn't ring a bell? THAT <a href="https://barcatimes.com/messidependencia-in-fc-barcelona/">Messi</a> goal vs Betis? Ah, now you remember. That was one of the complete Messi performance in recent years. Valverdeball was killing all of us, but Messi went on to score a hat trick and was so graceful throughout the game. The jaw was dropped, social media was blown, and the referee might have thought "I am so lucky to see it live in front of me".

First Messi scored a delicious 25-yard freekick which was the sign that La Pulga will kill the game. Under Valverde, Messi was scoring freekick like open tap-ins. But his second goal was outrageous. Rakitic’s layoff and Messi’s perfectly timed chip with the correct use of Distance, speed and time to perfectly beat Pau Lopez was something which can’t be described in words.

The whole stadium plus the viewers and also me went numb and crazy. It was spectacular to watch. As Messi went near the corner kick area to celebrate, Villamarín stood up and gave a round of applause and also sang “Messi” “Messi”. Something which Leo humbly accepted and thanked them.

That was Messi’s 51st career hattrick, and only Leo Messi is able to score a hat-trick of that kind. What amazes is the aftermath of Leo Magic. For two days, the whole world talked about it. The beauty of the goal was such that watching it in a different angle and with a bit of slow-motion on repeat mode was genuinely satisfying. Only Messi can make you feel like that.

ADHITYA
FOUR WONDER GOALS(2010)

The former European champions faced one of their first challenges of the season in the quarterfinals of the champions league, against Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal side.

While the first leg at the Emirates ended in a stalemate, the Catalan side had an advantage with two away goals. Unsurprisingly, however, Zlatan who scored both the away goals started from the bench. This meant the single-pivot Denilson was picked apart with a fluid front three for the Blaugrana to exploit space in front of the defence. However, the gunners seemed to take the tie by the scruff of its neck when they opened the scoring.

What followed was a Messi special of spectacular proportions scoring a hattrick in 21 minutes, his fourth of the season.

Andres Iniesta’s prolonged layoff due to muscular tear (and a terrible time emotionally as well) seemed to mould Messi as a flexible, creative midfielder-forward (especially with a deep LB to counter Walcott’s pace and a more-physical-than-technical Kieta) in the left half-space. And playing in a 4-2-4ish shape to arrive into ‘the Messi zone’ (also called zone 14) with a one-two to score mesmerizing goals.

The Londoners under the Frenchman were more accustomed to keeping the ball and weren’t adept at neutralizing the attacking threat of the home side. It led to positional errors from the CBs who would be drawn out by the opposition forwards to leave space in behind. This was especially exploited in the third goal, which brought an audacious chip.

If that didn’t confirm their semi-final spot, the fourth goal from the ‘little magician’ put the final nail in the coffin. As the commentators rightly explained, the Barcelona principle of getting the ball to Messi as quickly as possible seemed to work in this game, as he was the only marked difference in an otherwise close match.

It has to make in the list of Messi’s best individual performances in the Blaugrana shirt.

SWETA
THE DANCE BATTLE
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    <p>Talk about <a href="https://barcatimes.com/lionel-messi-the-master-key-in-barcelona-vs-bayern/">Messi's best</a> Individual performances and missing out this one would be a crime. When Barca faced Bayern back in UCL 2014-15 Campaign in the semi-final first leg, he scored twice and set up Neymar for the final goal. But, we all know Messi is not just about stats, he's more about how he makes us enjoy what he does. When Boateng took that turn before dropping down to the ground, because of Messi's bamboozling footwork, the football world went crazy.

That’s an art, that was one hell of a move before lobbing the ball against Neuer to score his second goal of the night. And, what’s amazing is how he made it look so freaking easy.

Just before the game, Neuer had talked about how he will be seeking to show who’s the real boss. He said, “I have a lot of respect for Messi and for everything that he has achieved. He is very humble,” Neuer told L’Equipe.

“BUT IT’S CRUCIAL TO SHOW AUTHORITY WHEN WE MEET ON THE PITCH AND SHOW HIM WHO’S BOSS. I DID THE SAME IN THE WORLD CUP FINAL AND THIS WORKED OUT PRETTY WELL.”
-NEUER

“We will be looking to do the same on Wednesday night. It is vital to obtain a position of dominance and instil respect”, he continued.

Messi went on to score twice and in that outrageous fashion against him. Leo doesn’t talk much because it’s his game which speaks for him, always. It was just another addition in Lionel Messi’s best individual performances for Barcelona. 

SWAROOP
COPA DEL REY FINAL, 2015
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    <p>Genius, magical, poetry in motion, unbelievable, magisterial, none of these phrases did justice to what everyone witnessed that night. The commentators in no way could do right by Lionel Messi's performance that night. They really tried summing it up, but it only seemed worse that they tried to describe it. Silence was probably the only thing that could have gotten close to describing what people witnessed, and even then, it would be incomprehensible. 

To me, this is his finest performance, especially given the stature of the match, a final, and even though nobody can pick one match and call it Messi’s most refined, I’m guilty of having to pick this one. 

The match began with Barcelona brimming with confidence. Five minutes in and a counter that was started by Ter Stegen, followed by a beautiful Messi diagonal ball to Neymar, made the net bulge as the Brazilian wizard volleyed it in. It was ruled offside. But the stage had been set, and everyone already felt it in the pit of their stomachs that this night is going to be a memorable one. 

Around 20 minutes, this happened: 

While many fans call it Messi’s most beautiful goal, ESPN sport science analysed the goal to show how inhuman Messi is, giving the impossible numbers involved in scoring from such a run and finishing it so precisely: 

Messi’s run started with the speed of 31.38Km/h in only 2.73 seconds! Not to forget the ball was glued to his feet throughout this run. He decelerates as he approaches 3 Bilbao defenders that surround him and beats all three in just 1.2 seconds. He goes on to cut into the box, wriggling his body past Laporte and shoots the ball towards the lower end of the near post at a whopping speed of 77 Km/h. The whole event lasted only for 11.4 seconds.

To talk about accuracy, if Messi had kicked the ball 1.5mm to the right, it wouldn’t have ended up as a goal. 

Messi constantly set up his teammates throughout the game, dropping deep and launching diagonals into the box, and at times passing the ball to Suarez who drifted towards the right when Messi dropped deeper. 

Messi went on to score another goal, this time, resulting from the all-time fan favourite link-up between Dani Alves and Messi, from a Dani Alves cut-back pass. 

An unforgettable night for Cules, and yet another page in Leo Messi’s history of astonishing feats; one of the Messi’s best Individual performances, in fact not just Messi’s, it was just the best individual showdown by any player in the world. 

Which is your favourite among the Messi’s best Individual performances?  Let us know down in comments. 

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