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5 times Messi destroyed Real Madrid

Five of the most impressive Lionel Messi performances against Real Madrid

5 times Messi destroyed Real Madrid

Paris Saint-Germain host Real Madrid tonight at the Parc des Princes for the first leg of their Round-of-16 fixture in the UEFA Champions League.

While this is a fixture between two European heavyweights, the main plot of the night is Lionel Messi coming face-to-face with Real Madrid again but this time in the colours Paris Saint-Germain, not Barcelona.

In his 16 years at Camp Nou, Messi faced Real Madrid numerous times and in a good number of matches, the Argentine maestro was the difference-maker. We will look at five games in which Messi has more or less single-handedly destroyed Real Madrid.

The match that announced Lionel Messi to the Real Madrid fans. Then a 19-year-old, Messi scored a hat-trick (10', 27', 88') at the Camp Nou, each goal drawing the Blaugrana level.

In a match that had Ronaldinho, Messi scored an 88th-minute equaliser and got a hug from the Brazilian trickster to perhaps signal a passing of the baton.

Already the third-highest goalscorer in Barcelona history at this point, Messi swung the 2011 Champions League semi-final in Barcelona's favour with a brace (76', 87').

The Argentine captain received the ball from Sergio Busquets and skipped past four Real Madrid players to slot past Iker Casillas for one of the iconic Champions League goals of all time.

The first leg of the 2011 Spanish Super Cup had ended 2-2 at the Santiago Bernabeu and the fixture was headed for extra-time with the scores at 2-2 after Karim Benzema's 82nd-minute equaliser.

Having already scored in the 45th minute, Messi came up with the matchwinner in the 88th minute to hand the fixture to Barcelona.

Messi rocked up at the Santiago Bernabeu when Barcelona, Real Madrid, and Atletico Madrid were involved in a three-horse title race for the La Liga.

The Argentine wizard was involved in all four goals for the Blaugrana with three goals and one assist. In the process, Messi became only the third visiting player to score a hat-trick at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Arguably the most iconic moment of Lionel Messi's career, the Argentine scored another brace at the Bernabeu to give Barcelona three points.

A 92nd-minute winner, his 500th goal for Barcelona in all competitions, and the iconic shirt celebration make this one of the best performances of Messi against Real Madrid.

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