UEFA Champions League Final: Lionel Messi Puts Barcelona Up on Manchester United
Lionel Messi was by far the most talked about player heading into today's epic UEFA Champions League clash between Barcelona and Manchester United.
And in the 52nd minute, Messi delivered what seemed to be inevitable in the first half.
In a brilliant individual effort, the diminutive Argentine danced through Manchester United's defense and delivered a low left-footed strike that beat United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar.
Messi had a handful of breathtaking runs in the first half and it seemed that, eventually, he would have to have a strong chance on goal.
It marked the second time in the 23-year-old's career that he scored Barcelona's second goal in a UEFA Champions League final—he scored late in Barcelona's 2-0 triumph over Manchester United in the 2009 final.
If Barcelona can hold off United and capture their third Champions League trophy in the past six years, surely Messi will work himself into the discussion of best ever.
Josh Elliott—formerly of Sports Illustrated, ESPN and most importantly, UC Santa Barbara's Daily Nexus—tweeted the following after Messi's goal:
If it holds, he's a World Cup triumph for Argentina away....
Most recent updates:
What is the duplicate article?
Why is this article offensive?
Where is this article plagiarized from?
Why is this article poorly edited?