Leo Messi just seconds after Sergi Roberto's goal in the viral photo | SANTIAGO GARCÉS-FCB

When events like those of Wednesday evening take place at Camp Nou, the greatest comeback in the history of European football, there are always unlikely heroes. In the case of Barça v PSG, it is Club photographer Santiago Garcés, the man who captured the image that went global in a question of hours.

36 hours after being published, the photograph is the image with most ‘likes’ ever on the Club’s official Instagram account, 1.6 million with more than 6.8 million views, 1.7 million interactions and more than 34,000 comments, the third most on the account. 

 

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On Facebook it is most seen post in the history of the Club’s account. More than 56 million people saw the post, generating more than 3.3 million reactions, of which 2.6 million were ‘likes’. The image was shared more than 220,000 times and earned more than 5,000 comments. On Twitter more than 2.5 million people saw the photo, with 28,000 likes and more than 21,000 retweets. 

The photo captures the moment in which Leo Messi is lifted into the air by the fans at Camp Nou just seconds after Sergi Roberto’s decisive goal. The Argentinian is standing on the advertising hoardings, celebrating the goal that gave Barça a place in the quarter-finals of the Champions League with the fans.

The man who took the photo, Santiago Garcés, found himself just metres away from Messi. He ran from the photographers’ area to find a place behind the goal when he saw the Argentine celebrating the goal on his own. “I believed in the comeback and I stayed close to the fans,” explains the 41 year old Mexican photographer who has worked for Barça for four years.

The mayhem following the goal meant that photographers’ area was filled with fans and in midst of the pushing and shoving and even kisses from certain fans, Santiago Garcés was able to snap “around 50 photos” amongst which the best was the shot that has become the most popular ever at FC Barcelona in the new digital age.