Lionel Messi’s top 10 greatest goals of all time


Lionel Messi is one of the greatest players to ever grace a football pitch.

The Argentine is both a prolific goalscorer and assister, but it his goalscoring prowess that has been the most impressive aspect of Messi’s game over the years.

At present, the forward is the third-highest goalscorer in footballing history, just a few goals behind second-place Pele.

Lionel Messi also has countless goal-scoring records including the top scorer in La Liga history and the most goals of any South American player at international level.

So, it seems only fitting that 101 take a look at Lionel Messi’s greatest ever goals.

10) Vs Eibar 2017

The first goal on this list came back in 2017 when FC Barcelona were facing off with Eibar in a La Liga clash.

The ball would be cleared to the halfway line. Lionel Messi would touch it down and quickly danced past one defender with some help from Sergio Busquets.

Messi then went on to send several Eibar defenders the wrong way before slotting past the keeper from around 15 yards:

9) Vs Liverpool 2019

Lionel Messi’s goal vs Liverpool in 2019 is not given too much attention because of what happened in the following leg between the two sides, but it was still a masterful goal.

Barcelona faced off with Liverpool at the Camp Nou in the first of two Champions League semi-final ties, and the home outfit did look to have the tie wrapped up in the first leg.

Luis Suarez opened the scoring on the night before Messi added a brace late on, the second of which was arguably his best-ever free-kick:

Of course, Liverpool went on to complete a sensational comeback in the second leg at Anfield but it was still a goal to remember for Messi.

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8) Vs Athletic Bilbao 2013

As you are sure to gather from this list, Lionel Messi loves a stunning strike vs Athletic Bilboa. The Spanish side have conceded 29 times to the no.10 and several have been superb.

One of which came back in 2013. Barca would draw 2-2 with Athletic Bilboa in a La Liga clash and Messi scored their opening goal, shaking off three defenders before curling in a trademark finish from the edge of the box:

7) Vs Real Zaragoza 2010

Messi would score a hat-trick vs Real Zaragoza back in 2010. All three goals were great, but it was his second which was the pick of the bunch.

Lionel Messi would evade the sliding challenge of one player before bursting forward, sitting another defender down and smashing home a beautiful goal:

6) Vs Athletic Bilboa 2021

The second goal vs Athletic Bilboa on this list came just last year and helped Lionel Messi secure his final piece of silverware as a Barcelona player.

The goal itself aptly sums up what Lionel Messi brought to Barcelona for so many years.

Picking up the ball in his own half, the South American made a darting run forward, combining well with a teammate before some individual brilliance helped him beat a defender and slot home:

5) Vs Arsenal 2011

Despite never playing in the Premier League, Lionel Messi has one of the best goal-scoring records against the traditional top-six.

One of his best goals against a Premier League side came back in 2011 vs Arsenal in the Champions League.

The now 34-year-old was played in by Andreas Iniesta and was met by an onrushing Manuel Almunia.

But instead of trying to round the Spaniard, Messi would dink the ball over him and then smash the ball into an open net:

4) Vs Real Betis 2019

Barcelona would beat Real Betis 4-1 in a La Liga clash in 2019.

The final goal of the day came from Lionel Messi and bagged him yet another hat-trick.

Messi would receive the ball on the edge of the Betis box and without taking a touch, proceeded to chip the keeper who was still very close to his line when the shot was taken.

The goal was so good it even saw Betis fans applauding Messi:

3) Vs Real Madrid 2011

The last time Barcelona and Real Madrid met in the Champions League came back in 2010/11 in the semi-finals.

Barcelona would advance to the final after winning 3-1 on aggregate. La Blaugrana won the first leg 2-0 via a Messi brace.

The Argentine’s second of the game would see him evade the challenges of three Madrid defenders before slotting past Iker Casillas.

2) Vs Getafe 2007

One of Lionel Messi’s fist wonder goals came back in 2007 vs Getafe.

Messi would pick up the ball in his own half, beat two defenders, carry the ball all the way to the edge of the Getafe box before gliding past another two players and then rounding the keeper to slot into an empty net.

A simply sensational goal:

1) Vs Athletic Bilboa 2015

The third and final Lionel Messi goal vs Athletic Bilboa on this list came back in 2015 and, like in 2021, it also came in the Copa del Rey final.

Unlike the 2021 strike, though, this one was all about Messi and saw him leave four defenders for dead before smashing home his effort as Barca strolled to a 3-1 win:


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