- Lionel Messi delivered another masterclass against Chelsea on Wednesday
- Moments of genius included two goals and an assist for Ousmane Dembele
- He also embarrassed Cesc Fabregas and Thibaut Courtois on two occasions
- Here are four magical Messi moments that left the Nou Camp crowd in awe
Lionel Messi delivered another masterclass to send Barcelona into the quarter-finals of the Champions League at the expense of Chelsea on Wednesday night.
Messi’s genius, that included two goals and an assist for Ousmane Dembele, defined the match and secured a 4-1 aggregate scoreline for the La Liga giants.
Here are four magical Messi moments that left the Nou Camp crowd in awe as the Argentine icon single-handedly dismantled Antonio Conte’s side.
Lionel Messi delivered a masterclass to send Barcelona into the Champions League last eight
1. Blistering start
It took Messi just 128 seconds to open the scoring at the Nou Camp, and in doing so, he scored the fastest goal of his career.
Prior to Wednesday night, his fastest goal came after 166 seconds against Celtic in the Champions League back in 2016, but he wasted no time in heaping misery on Chelsea in what was a season-defining fixture for Conte’s men.
Messi’s 601st career strike was the fastest goal of his career for both club and country.
Messi scored the fastest goal of his career on Wednesday, taking just 128 seconds to do so
2. Outrageous assist for Dembele
As Messi nudged the ball away from both Andreas Christensen and then Cesar Azpilicueta, Chelsea were drawn towards the danger down their right-hand side.
A diagonal run made by Luis Suarez across the front of the penalty area distracted a number of defenders, but only Messi saw Ousmane Dembele steaming up the opposite flank.
The Argentine picked him out and Dembele took one touch before firing a bullet past Thibaut Courtois into the back of the net.
Nobody up in the gods saw the pass that Messi played for Ousmane Dembele’s goal
3. Sending Fabregas for a hotdog
BT Sport pundit Rio Ferdinand claimed after the match that in the two Champions League finals he played against Messi he failed to lay a single finger on the Argentine. Cesc Fabregas knows that feeling too well.
The Chelsea midfielder attempted to tackle Messi but was left red-faced as a quick drop of the shoulder from the Barcelona man left Fabregas hysterically on the floor.
4. Deja vu for Courtois
Chelsea’s Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois endured a night to forget as he was twice beaten through his legs by Messi.
One eagle-eyed supporter shared a clip of Messi scoring two similar goals against Courtois when the stopper was at Atletico Madrid.
On both occasions, Messi drives into the box before shifting the ball out of his feet and firing left-footed past Courtois. The first goes through the Belgian’s legs once again while the second is driven into the far corner.
Thibaut Courtois endured a night to forget as he was twice beaten through his legs by Messi