Lionel Messi is leaving Barcelona after failing to reach agreement on a deal that would fall under La Liga’s wage restrictions.
Although a new contract was awaited, with the captain blaugrana free agent since the end of last season, he is now leaving his only club.
It means that Messi will not add a hefty tally of 672 goals in all competitions as a Barça player.
Obviously, the 34-year-old is not only a great scorer, but also a great goal scorer, which means that Stats Perform had a wide choice to choose from when he picked a chronological top 10 from his Barca collection.
Albacete (H): 1st May 2005
Already at 17, Messi had the confidence of a veteran. Having already seen a goal wrongly disallowed for offside – a daring chip from the edge of the box – Messi’s confidence was far from gone and just a minute later he clung to Ronaldinho’s hollow pass before throwing the ball at the goalkeeper. Albacete Raul Valbuena from 16 meters. A way to open your account for one of the great European clubs.
– FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) March 13, 2017
Malaga (H): 22 March 2009
Thierry Henry’s favorite goal from Messi during the time they played together for Barça. Why not let the great Frenchman take care of the story? “What he did defied logic,” Henry said in the documentary ‘Take the Ball, Pass the Ball’. “There is a diagonal ball and he controls it on the chest. He runs at full speed, then the first player goes and the second player is just behind. If he takes another step, that player will take the ball out. “A body shimmer and a deft touch later – in the blink of an eye – Messi stabbed in the top corner to wrap up a moment of brilliance at 100 miles per. Now.
Real Zaragoza (A): 21 March 2010
Described by some as “a decisive goal” in his career, this goal against Zaragoza seemed to take him from a very good level to another class. Messi showed everything he had to offer in a goal that started when he won the ball from a half-way tackle. From there, he shrugged a challenge, ran to the area and knocked over a defender before punching into the far corner, leaving manager Pep Guardiola speechless.
Real Madrid (A): April 27, 2011
At the height of the Clasico rivalry between Guardiola’s Barça and Jose Mourinho’s Real Madrid, the two teams met four times in three different competitions in less than a month. The league match ended in a draw and Real won the Copa del Rey final, but Barça triumphed in the Champions League semi-final with a 3-1 overall win. The first leg at the Santiago Bernabeu, to say the least irascible, saw Messi score the 2-0 overcoming four attempts to challenge and overcoming Iker Casillas, all in the space of about five seconds.
Athletic Bilbao (A): April 27, 2013
Barca was in the midst of a Champions League semi-final bombed by Bayern when he arrived in San Mames. One goal down in a game that would ultimately have ended 2-2, Messi received possession from Thiago Alcantara, overtook Mikel San Jose, Carlos Gurpegui and Ander Herrera with minimal space to operate before nonchalantly returning home from just inside the penalty area.
Bayern Munich (H): 6 May 2015
Guardiola returned to Camp Nou with Bayern struggling with injury problems. They kept Barça at bay until the 77th minute of this Champions League semi-final first leg, when Messi finally scored. However, it was his second goal that earned him a spot on this list: picking up Ivan Rakitic’s pass, a simple shimmy left Jerome Boateng on the backside before hitting Manuel Neuer with his weaker foot.
Real Madrid (A): 23 April 2017
El Clasico rarely disappoints football fans around the world, and this edition was no different. Anything but a win would essentially hand Madrid the title, and it seemed to be headed for a 2-2 draw until Sergi Roberto’s swashbuckling run in injury time gave Jordi Alba a chance to square with. Messi, who finished with aplomb from the edge of the box for his 500th goal for Barcelona.
Real Betis (A): March 17, 2019
Rarely has a hat trick completed better. Messi’s two goals had helped Barça take the 3-1 lead to Benito Villamarin, before moving on to Rakitic, running to the return ball and sending a first-time chip to goalkeeper Pau Lopez and off the crossbar just inside the area. It was a sublime effort that even applauded the home fans, something Messi himself admitted he had never experienced before.
– FC Barcelona (da) (@FCBarcelona) March 17, 2019
Liverpool (H): 1st May 2019
In recent years, Messi has mastered the art of punishment, with the skill that was one of the few to evade him in his younger days. Liverpool held out for long periods at Camp Nou, but goals from Luis Suarez and Messi gave the hosts breathing space. Jurgen Klopp’s side then had to bow to greatness when, after being knocked down by Fabinho, the Barça talisman swept an unstoppable 30-yard shot at the corner of the goalposts. However, Barcelona would tremendously outweigh the 3-0 first leg lead, losing 4-0 at Anfield as Liverpool reached the Champions League final.
Atletico Madrid (A): 1 December 2019
At 86 ‘the Wanda Metropolitano is goalless when Messi has collected the ball on the right wing, 10 yards in the half of the Atletico. Those famous feet began to move with a purpose, and although Atletico knew what Messi had in mind, they were unable to resist the execution of his plan. Messi went ahead, playing the ball to Suarez on the edge of the penalty area before taking the return pass and smashing a brilliant 20-yard shot in the lower left corner of Jan Oblak’s goal. A winner, and one of the highest class.