First place: Lionel Messi. Secondly location: Lionel Messi. Third location: Lionel Messi.

Was there really planning to be every outcome when Barcelona asked fans to vote for the ideal goal in the club’s history? Absolutely not.

His strike against Getafe at the 2006-07 Copa del Rey semifinals, after, after picking up the ball inside Barca’s half, he jinked past four defenders and the goalkeeper before slotting it home, acquired a whopping 45% of their vote.

Perhaps perhaps not surprising when it’s almost a carbon copy of fellow Argentine Diego Maradona’s goal against England in 1986.

Messi’s effort against Atletico Madrid at the 2014 15 Copa del Rey final picked up 28% of their vote, while his 2010-11 goal against Real Madrid at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium took 16%.

All wasn’t lost for players whose name just isn’t Lionel Messi, though.

Spain’s Sergi Roberto took fourth place along with his last minute goal against Paris St Germain at 2017, which saw Barca overturn a four-goal deficit to succeed to the quarter-finals of their Champions League.

Significantly more than 500,000 votes were cast from more than 160 countries in Barca’s competition, by which fans could pick from 63 goals.

Ten of the were Messi’s. Well, you’ve got to give others a chance, right?

Messi’s competition-winning target against Getafe at 2006 07

Lionel Messi scores against Getafe in 2007


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