Coming out victorious with a bleeding 1-0 in the first clash with Manchester United, Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, 31, had a stunning payback, ending his six-year quarter-final drought with a fine low strike in the 16th minute before his second light shot under David de Gea in the 20th minute.
Manchester United’s Champions League run ended in the quarter-finals as Lionel Messi inspired Barcelona to a crushing victory in the second leg at the Nou Camp, leaving a chant of his name in the mouths of all the fans.
United, starting out brightly in the first minute with a wasted effort from Rashford, built endurance with their fans and coaches that the game was all theirs. Going just 15 minutes after, their hopes started to sink when Messi did a finishing of United’s midfield Fred and landed his first goal.
4 minutes after, silence fell upon their fans and coaches, as the brilliance from Messi and a glaring mistake from goalkeeper David de Gea, led to 2-0 in favor of the Catalonians and adding to Messi’s 43 to 45 goals, making him the highest scorer in the Champions league this season.
Fans worldwide went viral on social media as the first half came to a halt.
Taking go the pitch in the 2nd half, Philippe Coutinho added a distant third goal for Barca in the 61st minute, finally squashing the hopes of the Uniteds.
Astonished by Messi’s appearance, Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on BT Sport said: “I have to say Lionel Messi is a top quality and he was the difference. At 2-0 hit, it was ‘the game is over’.”
“He’s a different class. He and [Juventus forward] Cristiano Ronaldo are the best players of the last decade, everyone agrees on that one. Messi showed his quality.
“We have to aspire to get to that level of Barcelona. We can get there but we have loads of work to do. If we want to get back to Manchester United’s true level, true traditions, we have to challenge Barcelona. They were a couple of levels above over the two games. Man-U’s worst defeat, the best start.”
Despite the efforts and plays of other Barcelona players, Messi indeed was the man of the match.