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Why Lionel Messi disagrees with the result from Barcelona’s all-time top goal vote

By Harry Edwards

Published: 17:00, 29 March 2019

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has admitted he does not agree with the club’s recent poll for their best ever goals.

The Catalan club recently asked their fans to vote for the best goal in their history, with 63 options to choose from.

What was Barcelona’s best goal? Five key things to know…

  1. Barcelona have recently finished a competition which saw their fans vote for the club’s best goal.
  2. Lionel Messi’s mazy dribble and goal against Real Betis in 2006/07 won with 45% of the vote.
  3. Messi also finished in second and third for efforts against Athletic Bilbao and Real Madrid respectively.
  4. But the man himself does not agree with the final order.
  5. Messi believes two goals he scored en route to Champions League wins were his best.

Messi made up 10 of the 63 goals and dominated the top three places. In first was his goal against Getafe in 2006/07 when the 19-year-old danced his way through the opposition from inside his own half before finishing – much like Diego Maradona against England in 1986.

However, this is not a decision Messi himself agrees with. The Argentinian instead opted for two goals of more importance, en route to winning the Champions League in 2009 and 2011.

“I would not have chosen the goal against Getafe,” he told Diario Ole.

“I would have chosen the chosen against [Real] Madrid in the semi-finals of the Champions League at the Bernabeu (in 2010/11) or the Manchester United header (in the 2009 final).

“I choose them for the moment.”

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Who made up the final four?

The competition to find Barcelona’s best goal was formatted in a knockout-style, much like the ever-growing popular World Cup of… polls on social media.

In second place was Messi’s Copa del Rey final finish against Athletic Bilbao in 2014/15, where he received the ball just inside the opposing half on the wing before working his way through a number of players en route to goal.

And in third place was Messi’s Champions League semi-final goal against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu, another run through opposition defenders – the Argentinian’s first pick.

Messi’s three goals were joined in the final by Sergi Roberto’s Champions League effort in 2016/17, completing a ridiculous comeback against Paris Saint-Germain. While not the most spectacular goal, the importance saw it come fourth.