Lionel Messi's Greatest Moments at Barcelona from 2009 to 2012

Roberto Alvarez-Galloso@AlvarezGallosoChief Writer IJanuary 4, 2013

Lionel Messi's Greatest Moments at Barcelona from 2009 to 2012

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    The year 2012 was good to Lionel Messi and FC Barcelona. Messi is an integral part of Barca since he was a member of the La Mastia academy.

    Messi has gone beyond what others in football have accomplished. Many have said that Messi is from another planet.

    In spite of his accomplishments, people have underestimated Messi. I begin 2013 with a review of Messi's achievements at Barca from the last three seasons.

10. 2010: UEFA Champions League Match FC Barcelona vs. Arsenal FC

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    Messi scored all four goals in the UEFA Champions League match between FC Barcelona and Arsenal in 2010. The result was FC Barcelona 4-1 Arsenal.

9. 2012: Copa Del Rey

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    Messi scored this stunning goal during the Copa Del Rey match between Barca and Athletic Bilbao. The goal occurred during the 20-minute mark and can be seen within the 43-45 seconds of this video.

8. 2012: Surpassing Pele's Record

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    According to an article reported by the Associated Press with a h/t to ESPN, Pele said that Neymar is better than Messi. Pele commented about Neymar and Messi around the beginning of 2012.

    In November of 2012, Messi surpassed Pele's record of most goals in a year. 

7. 2012: Surpassing Cesar Rodriguez for Barca All-Time Scorer

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    According to the FC Barcelona website, Messi became the all-time scorer for the club. Messi achieved this by breaking Cesar Rodriguez's previous record of 232 goals.

    Messi scored 233 goals within 329 matches for Barca. The latest record was during the match between La Blaugrana and Granada.

    The result was FC Barcelona 5-3 Granada.

6. 2009: FC Barcelona Wins the UEFA Champions League

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    FC Barcelona defeated Manchester United to win the 2009 UEFA Champions League. Messi scored the winning goal before 70 minutes elapsed.

    The event occurred at Rome's Stadio Olimpico with an audience of more than 72,000 people.

5. 2012: IFFHS Top Goalscorer of the Year

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    According to the FC Barcelona website, the IFFHS (International Federation of Football History and Statistics) named Messi as top goal scorer for 2012.  According to the IFFHS, Messi scored 50 goals within 37 matches.

    The average for Messi was 1.37 goals per match. Ronaldo's average is 1.21 goals per match (46 goals within 35 matches), according to IFFHS.

4. 2012: Scores 91st Goal for the Year

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    Messi scored his 91st goal in 2012 when Barca played against Valladolid. The result was FC Barcelona 3-1 Valladolid.

3. 2009 FIFA World Player

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    Messi received the FIFA World Player Award in 2009. The other nominees were Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka, Andres Iniesta and Sergio Busquets.

2, 2012: Third Consecutive Ballon d'Or Award

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    Lionel Messi won the Ballon d'Or for a third time without interruption. Messi received the honor in the beginning of 2012.

1. 2012: 5 Goals in One UEFA Champions League Match Against Bayer Leverkusen

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    Lionel Messi´s greatest moment was during the UEFA Champions League (UCL) match between FC Barcelona and Bayer Leverkusen in March 2012. Messi became the first player to score five goals during a UCL match.

    The result was FC Barcelona 7-1 Bayer 04 Leverkusen.

    I would like to thank the B/R readers for their time in viewing the slideshow. My best wishes until the next time.