Most successful players take a role in their clubs’ attempts to win the Champions League, in the same way the environment can create a dream destination to conquer.
Spanish goalscorer Lionel Messi is one of those who has been a key element in Barcelona’s success over the past decade. In 2017-18, he bagged 45 goals in all competitions including eight goals in five games in March, which he won in Europe against Paris Saint-Germain.
In 2011-12, Messi famously scored a hat-trick on his team’s way to lifting the UCL title for the first time. He is the only player to have been involved in a Champions League final in five different campaigns (in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2016).
In June 2017, Messi’s Barcelona defeated AS Monaco 4-1 in Cardiff to claim a historic fourth European Cup title. But before that triumph, the Argentine winger vowed to retire if he lost the final.
Messi has also been in Liverpool’s Wembley Stadium five times, having scored twice against the Reds in 2005. At 28 years and 46 days, he is second on the Champions League scoring list behind Real Madrid icon Cristiano Ronaldo (72). In those games, Messi has been involved in 88 goals, scoring 74 times.