Lionel Messi is one of the greatest footballers to ever play the game. He has achieved incredible success throughout his career, winning numerous titles and individual awards. However, what sets Messi apart is his ability to perform in high-pressure situations and seek revenge against those who have wronged him or his team. In this article, we will take a look at seven of Messi’s greatest revenge moments.
1. El Clasico Revenge – April 2017
In April 2017, Barcelona was set to face their arch-rivals, Real Madrid, in El Clasico. The match was vital for both teams as they were competing for the La Liga title. However, things did not go well for Barcelona as they found themselves 2-1 down with only a few minutes remaining. However, Messi had other plans as he scored a stunning last-minute winner to give Barcelona a vital 3-2 win and keep their title hopes alive.
2. Manchester United Revenge – May 2011
In 2009, Manchester United had defeated Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League final. Two years later, the two teams met again in the final of the same competition. This time, it was Messi who exacted revenge on the English team as he scored a brilliant goal to help Barcelona win the match 3-1 and lift the Champions League trophy.
3. Atletico Madrid Revenge – May 2019
Atletico Madrid had defeated Barcelona in the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey in 2019. However, Messi was not going to let his team suffer the same fate in La Liga. In a crucial match, Messi scored a hat-trick to help Barcelona beat Atletico Madrid 4-2 and take a giant step towards the La Liga title.
4. Cristiano Ronaldo Revenge – August 2017
For many years, Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo had a fierce rivalry. In August 2017, the two faced each other again in the Spanish Super Cup final. Ronaldo had scored a stunning goal to help Real Madrid win the first leg 3-1. However, in the second leg, it was Messi who stole the show as he scored two goals to help Barcelona win the match 3-2 and lift the trophy.
5. Brazil Revenge – June 2019
In the 2019 Copa America, Brazil defeated Argentina 2-0 in the semi-finals to end Messi’s hopes of winning his first major international trophy. However, a year later, Messi got his revenge as he helped Argentina beat Brazil 1-0 in the final of the same competition, winning his first major international trophy.
6. Real Madrid Revenge – November 2010
In November 2010, Barcelona faced Real Madrid in a La Liga match. Real Madrid had won the previous season’s title, and this match was seen as a chance for them to assert their dominance over Barcelona. However, Messi had other plans as he scored two stunning goals to help Barcelona win the match 5-0, sending a message to their rivals that they were still the dominant team in Spain.
7. Athletic Bilbao Revenge – May 2015
In the final of the Copa del Rey in 2015, Athletic Bilbao defeated Barcelona 4-0, inflicting one of the heaviest defeats of Messi’s career. However, in the following season, Messi was determined to get his revenge. In a league match against Athletic Bilbao, Messi scored a stunning hat-trick to help Barcelona win the match 3-1 and take a step towards winning the La Liga title.
Messi’s ability to seek revenge against his rivals has been one of the defining features of his career. From scoring last-minute winners to helping his team win trophies, Messi has proven time and time again