Having assumed the captain’s armband following Andrés Iniesta’s departure for Japan last summer, Lionel Messi was determined to deliver a sixth Champions League title for Barcelona this season. And it showed.
He is the competition’s top scorer this term, with 12 goals from nine starts. Against Lyon in the last 16, he manifested a 5-1 second-leg victory, scoring twice and assisting another two. Manchester United were next, and again Messi starred, creating the game’s only goal at Old Trafford before claiming another brace to secure progress in the return leg.