In 16 seasons with Barcelona, Argentine Lionel Messi formed the deadliest competitor to Real Madrid and the most dangerous player who set foot in the “Santiago Bernabeu” stadium, which will be on a new date with “Flea” on Wednesday, when his current team Paris Saint-Germain is a guest in the second leg. UEFA Champions League Final Price.
Messi’s numbers in 22 matches he played with Barcelona against Real at home indicate that he won 12, compared to three draws and seven defeats, and scored 15 goals. Agence France-Presse sheds light on five matches that imprinted the memory of football fans on the impact of a charming performance by the Argentine in the stronghold of the capital, Madrid.
May 7, 2008
At a time when Messi began his career against Real with a treble in the “Camp Nou” a year ago, the Argentine lived in May 2008 a nightmare at the “Bernabeu”. Three stages before the curtain came down on the “La Liga” competition, and despite the capital club’s dedication to the league champion, the royal wanted to confirm its superiority at home over its eternal rival with a 4-1 victory.
Messi, who was still holding the number 19, stationed on the right wing with Bojan Krkic in the lead and French Thierry Henry on the left, seemed to be tied. Real advanced with two goals after 20 minutes thanks to striker Raul Gonzalez and Dutchman Arjen Robben, to add two goals in the second half through Argentine Goncalo Higuain and the other Dutchman, Ruud van Nistelrooy, before Henry saved Barcelona with an honorable goal.
May 2, 2009
Nearly a year after the 2008 nightmare, Messi woke up from this bad dream to deal a historic slap to the White House fans. The Catalan club crushed the hosts 6-2 in Madrid in one of the worst humiliations in the history of the modern Clasico, the first in the “Santiago Bernabeu” with coach Pep Guardiola.
The coach of the Blaugrana put Messi in the position of the false “number 9” striker, and the latter responded by scoring a double. Goalkeeper Iker Casillas threatened three times in the first half hour, before he shook his net to boost his team’s 3-1 lead in the 36th minute, after Xavi “stole” a ball from the foot of Frenchman Lassana Diarra.
“Al-Barghouth” repeated the same scenario in the 75th minute, after a second decisive pass from Xavi. He celebrated his two goals by unveiling a T-shirt in honor of patients with Fragile X Syndrome, a rare genetic disease.
April 27, 2011
A European fall – “El Clasico” with a European flavor in the Champions League semi-finals. The goalless tie dominated the first leg in Madrid until the 76th minute, until Mard Rosario came out of his bottle to score the two winning goals for the Catalans 2-0.
He opened the scoring after cutting the pass of his Dutch colleague Ibrahim Afellay from the right, to double the result by snatching the ball from between the feet of his other colleague Sergio Busquets, penetrating the defenseless Meringue defense with a single effort that ended with a through shot. After a 1-1 draw in the second leg, Barcelona qualified for the final of the parent competition, which it won at the expense of Manchester United 3-1, in a match where Messi wrote his name by scoring a goal.
March 23 2014
The first triple at the Bernabeu.. Nine stages before the end of the league, the struggle for the title intensified. Before the expected “El Clásico” match, Real was four points ahead of the Catalan club. During a fiery match, and just before the break at the Bernabeu, Messi scored a 2-2 equalizer with a crucial pass from the Brazilian Neymar, after the opening goal of Andres Iniesta with a pass from the Argentine himself, the French royal striker Karim Benzema responded with a double.
After returning from the dressing room, the great rival of the “Bulga”, Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo, gave preference to Real with a penalty kick (55), so Messi responded in the same tone: two penalties inflicted by Neymar and Iniesta, and they were successfully executed by the number 10 (65 and 84). Messi achieved the first hat-trick in his career at the Bernabeu and contributed to his team’s 4-3 victory.
April 23, 2017
Waving the shirt .. In the “boiling” and decisive Clasico in the race to win the “La Liga” title, in the thirty-third stage, Barcelona and Real exchanged punches. Messi distinguished for the first time by keeping his team in the atmosphere of the match, and with the match approaching its end, the tie was the master of the situation 2-2… until the appearance of the little “flea” in stoppage time to score his 500th goal in the “Blaugrana” shirt.
The Argentine celebrated the winning goal in a memorable way, as he stepped into the Real Madrid stand and took off his shirt to display to the stunning fans. The media reported this image that swept the world and became engraved in the history of the Catalan club.