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Uefa Champions League Player of the Week – Leo Messi

Posted: 14 March 2013 Time: 22:23

This headline could just as well have read ‘UCL Player of the Tournament’ – that is how good Leo Messi has once again been in Europe’s premier club competition.

After a fortnight in which Barcelona’s fortunes have for the first time in many a year dwindled, and the future of the team has been questioned, the Argentine wonderkid rose his hand highest to not only drag his team into the quarter-finals, but also dispel all those Doubting Thomases.

The Catalans needed to change history to progress after the 2-0 first leg loss against AC Milan at the San Siro – no team had ever come back from a two-goal deficit without the benefit of an away-goal.

Fortunately, Messi is in the business of breaking records and his two goals set Barcelona well on their way to overturning the odds – and retain their tags as favourites for the title.

His first goal was a thing of beauty; though not altogether new to the player. Some quick passing in and around the box saw the ball come to Messi, whose first touch took it away from the defender, and his second curl it past a bemused Christian Abbiati before the goalkeeper even had a chance to set himself.

CLICK HERE to see a video of the goal

The second goal was more stock-standard, but still with some Messi brilliance involved – skipping past a defender, putting the ball on his left foot and firing in from the edge of the area.

And that’s the thing about the Argentine captain – more often than not you know exactly what he’s going to do, but you can’t do anything to stop him.

The two goals saw him move ever closer to Real Madrid legend Raul at the top of the Uefa Champions League goalscoring stakes, and also further improve his amazing goals-to-games ratio in the competition.

CLICK HERE to see Messi UCL scoring stats.

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Previous comments on this story...

king Messi
posted: 06:37 am
The best player of all times,according to way i see things.Even cr7 wants to go back to England because of the boy.lm10 untill ronaldo addmit the fact that he is the second or third best player
king Messi
posted: 06:40 am
the best player of all times,according to how i see thing,Even rawnaldo wants to go back to England because of this boy.lm10 until cr7 admit that he is the second best
Cosa Nostra (5Families)
posted: 07:50 am
Shame they were only waiting for him to be on top form,then display him as player of the week.

What about other Ucl weeks then?
posted: 08:13 am
Ag this should read the UCL celebrity.I wonder how much they pay for his media stories.
posted: 08:14 am
These editors are obsessed about him and those who choose ballond'or
posted: 08:31 am
The best there ever was, the best there ever is, and the best there ever will... All hail King Messi...
posted: 08:37 am
He is on his way to win the fifth Ballon d'Or because "Messi is in the business of breaking records"
He plays as a nominal striker for Barcelona, but will often drop deep into midfield to get possession, allowing his gifted teammates to run forward into the space he vacates. As a result, the Barca superstar sets up almost as many goals as he scores.
posted: 08:51 am
The CV Chef MUST Die
posted: 08:52 am
posted: 08:53 am
messi is the face of barcelona and inieste is de make up
Bin Laden
posted: 08:57 am
Messi is the best player and every player wants to be like him
posted: 09:12 am
Before the match:
Roura: Messi, You know this never been done before?!
Messi: Yeah, I know. Thats why its going to work.
posted: 09:25 am
Mxim, not that i'm clueless but where is this UCL player of the week coming from? or is it only Messi whuz gettin it? let's wait and see.
Legendary Wonder
posted: 09:35 am
The greatest player of all times, not just better than CR7, but greater than all who have ever played teh game, Leo Messi!!!!!
posted: 09:36 am
Lol...Messi is great but some of these stories are just crap...
Unti-Pirates Fans
posted: 09:50 am
After Ronaldo scored against Barca and Man U,some people said he was the best player in the world.Ronaldo is no where near Messi class,like him or hate him Messi is the best in our life time so far.
posted: 09:55 am
Thts ######## when hez weak they dnt say ####. . Bt when he scorez they talk alotta ####. He fuckd up. .#### messi
El Sol
posted: 10:00 am
KO has never posted about UCL player of the week before but because its Messi now they do?? Phuck you KO retarded editors, give us local news if you don't have anything from overseas to write about..
posted: 10:30 am
He's the best I've ever seen
Cashless ATM a.ka. Sir Alex
posted: 10:35 am
while adas r chasing him, he's buzzy breaking n setting new records...LEONEL MESSI
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