Lionel Messi Wins His Third UEFA Goal Of The Season Award
Barcelona forward Lionel Messi won the UEFA Goal of the Season award. His sensational free-kick during the first leg of the semi-final of UEFA Champions League 2018/19 won this trophy.
It was the home leg for the Spanish giants Barcelona against the Premier League club Liverpool. Messi scored two goals in that game while Barcelona managed a 3-0 victory at Camp Nou. While Luis Suarez scored the opening goal of the match on 26 minutes, Messi successfully netted twice on 75 and 82 minutes. His second goal of that match won the latest trophy.
Messi attempted that shot from the 30-yard distance from the goal, and it was an incredible shot as the goalie failed to stop that top corner shot.
…and here it is 👏
— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) August 9, 2019
The latest UEFA Goal of the Season award is Messi’s third UEFA Goal of the Season award. Earlier, he won it back-to-back for the goal against Bayern Munich in the UCL 2014/15 and the goal against Roma in the UCL 2015/16 season.
There were ten players in the nomination list for the latest award. The other nominees for this award were Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona), Sarr (Stade Rennes), Faupala (Apollon), Pedro (Chelsea), Millot (France), Katerina Svitkova (Slavia Prague), Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus), Nani (Sporting de Portugal), and Danilo (Portugal).
Lionel Messi finished the last UCL season as the leading goal-scorer
The award-winning goal was Lionel Messi’s 12th and final goal in that tournament. Despite taking a big 3-0 home lead, Barcelona failed to reach the final of UCL 2018/19. In their away leg, Liverpool handed them a 4-0 defeat in the full-time.
Later, Liverpool won that tournament after beating another Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur in the final by the 2-0 margin at Wanda Metropolitano (Madrid).
Lionel Messi finished that tournament as the leading goal scorer with 12 goals. German giants Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski was the second most goal scorer in that tournament with eight goals.
The Argentine forward Messi has also been nominated for the best UCL forward of the season award. Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo and Liverpool winger Sadio Mane are the other players in this nomination list.
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