Leo Messi, 20 goals in 23 finals

Leo Messi, 20 goals in 23 finals

In Berlin, the Argentinian will be hoping score in a Champions League Final for the third time

They say that to be a great footballer, you need to deliver the goods in the biggest games. And there is no way that Leo Messi could be accused of failing in that respect. He scored twice in Saturday’s Cup Final, the first of which will surely go down in history as one of the finest goals ever scored in the competition. After being involved in Neymar’s goal to make it 2-0, the Argentinian topped a stellar performance with the definitive third Barça goal against Athletic.

In total, Messi has played in 23 different finals, and has scored 20 goal in those games. His first was the Spanish Super Cup of 2006 against Espanyol. He didn’t score in that match, but what has followed since then makes for truly remarkable reading.

Messi has shone in both Champions League Finals that he’s featured in to date. He found the net both in Rome in 2009 and then again at Wembley in 2011, both times in wins over Manchester United. In addition, he’s scored ten goals in six Spanish Super Cup Finals, one goal in three European Super Cup Finals, four goals in five Spanish Cup Finals and three in the Club World Cup Final. And next Saturday in Berlin he’ll have the chance to further extend his record as Barça take on Juventus for the European crown.

Here’s a full list of Messi’s 23 finals and the goals he scored in them:

SEASONDATECOMPETITIONOPPONENTGOALS
2006/0717-20/08/06Spanish Super CupEspanyol0
2006/0725/08/06European Super CupSevilla0
2008/0913/05/09Spanish CupAthletic Club1
2008/0927/05/09Champions LeagueManchester United1
2009/1023/08/09Spanish Super CupAthletic Club2
2009/1028/08/09European Super CupShakhtar Donetsk0
2009/1019/12/09Club World CupEstudiantes1
2010/1114-21/08/10Spanish Super CupSevilla3
2010/1120/04/11Spanish CupReial Madrid0
2010/1128/05/11Champions LeagueManchester United1
2011/1214-17/08/11Spanish Super CupReial Madrid3
2011/1226/08/11European Super CupPorto1
2011/1218/12/11Club World CupSantos2
2011/1225/05/12Spanish CupAthletic Club1
2012/132-15/09/12Spanish Super CupReial Madrid2
2013/1421-28/08/13Spanish Super CupAtlético Madrid0
2013/1416/04/14Spanish CupReial Madrid0
2014/1530/05/15Spanish CupAthletic Club2
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