The Return Of the King: Lionel Messi Leads Barcelona to Victory Over Copenhagen

Manuel TraqueteSenior Analyst IOctober 20, 2010

BARCELONA, SPAIN - OCTOBER 20:  Lionel Messi of Barcelona runs runs with the ball during the UEFA Champions League group D match between Barcelona and FC Copenhagen at the Camp nou stadium on October 20, 2010 in Barcelona, Spain. Barcelona won the match 2-0.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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The best player on the planet is up to his usual tricks again.

Today, against a very worthy Danish side, the Argentinian genius scored twice and inspired Barcelona to a very difficult 2-0 win.

After he came back from injury, Messi hadn't yet performed at his usual stratospheric level.

Truth be told, he didn't today either but he showed some glimpses of his limitless potential, which was enough to lead Barcelona to victory.

With Xavi resting on the bench, Barcelona didn't start as dominantly as usual but still created some very good chances to open the score.

David Villa was, again, unfortunate and hit the woodwork in the fifth minute. He has been playing well and he only needs a goal to start scoring at his usual pace.

The Danish showed why they were leaders of the group, with six points and proved to be a very organized team; however, they simply could not stop the Messi juggernaut.

In the 19th minute, the Argentine opened the score with an absolutely brilliant strike from outside the box. The Danish fought valiantly but Lionel Messi is in a league of his own.

Barcelona kept creating chances and had three (!) disallowed (rightly) goals until the end of the first half.

At half time, Barcelona seemed in control and more goals were expected; however, the second half was a very different affair.

Barcelona missed a lot of passes, lost control of the match and the Danish created some good chances and could have equalized. Barcelona relaxed and they could have been surprised.

Xavi came into the match in the 72th minute and had an immediate impact, as Barcelona finally settled their play and started dominating again.

In the 90th minute, Lionel Messi (who else?) sealed the score with his second goal of the night. With that goal, he equaled Roy Makaay and David Trezeguet as the ninth best goalscorer in Champions League history with 29 goals.

He's only 23 and there's no doubt that he will beat the hugely overrated Raul's record. It's not a matter of "if," but of when.

All in all, a shaky performance but a good win for Barcelona led by the king of world football: Lionel Messi.

On Saturday, Barcelona plays at Saragoza for La Liga and it's imperative to win.

With Lionel Messi steadily hitting form and Xavi recovered, there is no other result expected.