Lionel Messi hat-trick against Manchester City was his 7th in the UCL. He extends the record of most hat-tricks in UEFA Champions League games after scoring 3 against Manchester City last night. No player has ever been as good as Lionel Messi in the Champions League competition. Although Cristiano Ronaldo stands on the all-time top scorer of UEFA Champions League with 95 goals. But there is no doubt that Messi will surpass him by the end of this or the next season. He is only 6 goal deficit to equalize with the Portuguese. This doesn’t mean that Cristiano has an upper hand in Champions League. Messi has 4 UCL trophies, 5 goals in a match record and the record of 7 hat-tricks. And he surely is the greatest player in the Champions League history.
The game was a tense one with a lot of story behind it. Guardiola returning to the Camp Nou was an emotional moment for the fans and Guardiola himself. City has improved very much under him and is dominating the English football. It was a perfect time for the world to judge the progress of Manchester City. His tactical setup in the game was beautiful and Barcelona’s midfield seemed very much unstable due to high-pressing game. But in the end, there is no defense and no coach that could stop Leo Messi and he made the difference. Claudio Bravo, who returned to the Camp Nou after leaving for City, was sent off due to a handball outside the box.
A big blow to Barcelona as Jordi Alba and Pique picked up an injury in the first half. Lucas Digne and Jeremy Mathieu substituted the injured ones. Digne played brilliantly in the attack and defense both. While Mathieu remains a mistake prone as always and was sent off in the dying moments of the game. Lionel Messi hat-trick was a brilliant one with Iniesta, Suarez, and Rakitic assisting him for his goals. He gave his penalty to Neymar who missed it but eventually scored with an assist from Messi. Here are the highlights of the game.