Five-time World Player of the Year Lionel Messi was awarded the prize for the best goal of the season award given by UEFA later on Thursday night. Messi’s strike against Roma in the UEFA Champions League won the award ahead of two other brilliant goals in the same season by Saul Niguez and Xherdan Shaqiri.
A copybook Barcelona goal, the awarded strike by the Argentine Maestro saw an incredible display of passing football, something which evolved all the more at the Nou Camp during the Guardiola era. The build-up started from Barcelona’s centre-halves and involved a total of 26 passes put together with the ball being at the foot of every player of the Barca side at least once before Messi finished it off with the 27th and 28th touches. What was incredible was the amount of movement made by Luis Enrique’s players on and off the ball and how helpless Roma was rendered as none of the players could manage to get a single touch of the ball before the Messi put it at the back of the net. The 23rd touch of the ball brought in Messi, Suarezand Neymar to the scene where a brilliant piece of one-to-one passing from the trio opened up space for Messi. Neymar’s pass to Messi wasplayed back to Suarez first time by the Argentine and Suarez, in turn played a lofted first time through ball to Messi who made no mistake putting it past Roma Goalkeeper Wojciech Szczęsny in the calmest manner possible.
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The Debate over UEFA’s decision: The Contenders.
Many football fans are arguing UEFA’s decision of awarding the award to Messi, further stating that the Goal from Saul Niguez came at a much more crucial stage of the tournament and made much a bigger impact on the outcome of the team over two legs which resulted in Atletico’s final qualification over the Baverians. Niguez’s fine strike from the right-hand side was flawless after he dribbled past five Bayern players before putting the ball past a diving Manuel Neuer into the left-hand corner of the net. The goal was quite deserving of the award as the youngster’s effort proved crucial to the final result over the two legs in the semi-final.
Also into consideration was Xherdan Shaqiri’s brilliant overhead kick against Poland in the round of 16 fixture in the Euro 2016 campaign but seeing that the goal didn’t make much of a difference as Poland won on spot kicks,there was no further debate regarding it. Though it was quite an amazing strike.
Messi’s Barcelona will face former Barcelona Manager Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City,Borussia Mnchengladbach and Celtic F.C in the Group stage of the 2016-17 Champions League Campaign.