Lionel Messi was a star from a young age, and the coaches and other players knew that he was going to be the best one day. And he certainly did by winning 4 Ballon d’Ors at the age of just 24. Usually, players are considered as great prospects near the age of 24. But at this age, Leo won it 4 times what others couldn’t do in the whole career. He is surely a superhuman. One of the best qualities of him is that he always rises to the occasion to make the difference. 70% of the goals of his career came when his team was either drawing or losing. Whereas there are some players who increase their goal tally by scoring unnecessary goals against small teams. Well here is a list of Lionel Messi top 10 performances coming off the bench.
Barcelona was losing against Werder Bremen by 1 goal. Messi was substituted in the 65th minute. His last minute strike from Deco’s pass drew the match for Barcelona. The final score was 1-1.
The day Messi scored his first goal for Barcelona was when Barcelona was playing against Albacete in a Liga fixture. When Leo was substituted, there were approximately 3 minutes left in the game. Ronaldinho pits the ball up to Messi and he chips it over the goalkeeper. Unfortunately, Leo was caught offside. 1 minute later Ronaldinho pits the ball up again and Leo Messi chips the goalkeeper once more. Stadium went absolutely wild, and this time, he was successful in scoring his first goal for the club.
The game at San Memes stadium in 2012/13 was heading towards a defeat for Barcelona. At 58th minute, Leo was brought in the game and the score was 1-0 for Athletic Bilbao. He scored 1 goal and provided 1 assist to Sanchez and the game ended up with a score 2-2.
Barcelona faced Shakhtar in 2007/08 champions league. Barcelona was losing 1-0 and Leo replaced Henry in 59th minute. He scored 2 goals and claimed a very important win for the club.
Leo returned from injury after 2 months and was on the bench for the game against Getafe. He came in the game in the 58th minute and scored 2 spectacular goals.
The first season of Pep Guardiola was the beginning of Barcelona’s golden period. The league game against Santander was a crucial one for Barcelona to secure 3 points. Leo was on the bench and the team was trailing 1-0. He entered the game 32 minutes before the final whistle and scored 2 goals to secure 3 points.
Barcelona and Real Betis played a league game where the 2 were drawing 2-2. Messi came in on 55th minute replacing David Villa and scored 2 goals. The final score was 4-2.
Games against Atletico Madrid are always tense one as they are a strong opponent who play defensive style football. The game at Vincente Calderon was a tight one when the score was 1-1. Neymar and Griezmann were the scorers for their teams. Messi entered the field in 60th minute. He scored a beautiful chip goal after a spectacular footwork between Suarez and Neymar.
Champions League fixture between Barcelona and PSG in 2012/13 was heading towards a loss for Barcelona. Messi recently came out of injury and wasn’t even fully fit. He came in the 61st minute of the game and changed the scenario. Wasn’t involved in the equalizer directly but it was him who directed the game in the favor of Barcelona.
This was indeed one of the most memorable and a worth watching game of Leo. He picked up an injury in the warm-up game of Copa America and didn’t play against Chile. He was on the bench for the second game and came on the 64th minute when his team was winning 1-0. He scored a brilliant hat-trick and 1 pre-assist in just a small time frame.