Lionel Messi is arguably the Greatest footballer of our generation and his records and achievements speak for themselves. Lionel Messi in UCL has been magic, which is an understatement actually. He has produced immense performances in the Blaugraana jersey over the years, but most probably made his final appearance in UCL in a PSG jersey this season.
One of only two players to score over 100 goals in UEFA club competitions, Lionel Messi is now plying his trade at Paris Saint-Germain after bringing the curtain down on a remarkable two decades at Barcelona in summer 2021.
Now we take a look at the complete breakdown of Lionel Messi in UCL since 2006-07:
Lionel Messi has won the Champions League three times – in 2009, 2011 and 2015 (all with Barcelona). He was also a regular for the Spanish club when they won the trophy in 2006 but was not part of their squad for the final.
A convincing 3-1 victory in the away leg? Not enough. Seven more goals should do the trick, 7 goals were scored by Barcelona that ripped apart Bayer Leverkusen that night.
Lionel Messi scored five of those seven goals, becoming the first player to bag five in one Champions League game and putting himself within seven goals of Barcelona's record scorer at the time. He was 24 at the time.
Before the pain of the game that Barcelona fans collectively agree to no longer discuss, La Blaugrana had Bayern Munich's number more than once.
They showed it in 2009 when, in full Pep Guardiola stride, Lionel Messi combined with Samuel Eto'o to tear Bayern's defence apart and reduce them to dust with a brace and an assist. Aged 21, by the way. This man knows no bounds.
Despite the best efforts of the god himself Nicklas Bendtner who opened the scoring at Camp Nou, Arsenal couldn't escape the inevitable.
For Messi, that inevitable was a four goal haul in hunt of back-to-back Champions Leagues. And while they didn't do that, it didn't stop the Argentine from running wild on their way to the semi-final, with three of his four coming inside 45 minutes.
Having survived the majority of the first leg scare free, Bayern looked set to take a 0-0 to the Allianz in the 2015 semi-final.
That was until Messi's brilliance broke the deadlock after 77 minutes and added another three minutes later to completely derail the Germans. Add a late Neymar third into the mix and suddenly La Blaugrana were all but in the final, on course for a second ever treble. Jerome Boateng is still awaiting compensation for new ankles.
Two years on from a humbling and heartbreak at the hands of Lionel Messi and Barcelona, Manchester United had reached the summit again.
And Messi denied them again. This time in even more ruthless fashion, making Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic look as good as done on the grandest stage of them all, with a man of the match performance and some simply unimaginable footwork steering Barcelona to victory yet again.