Lionel Messi goals: 15 of the best goals by The Messiah of football

Lionel Messi goals: 15 of the best goals by The Messiah of football

Babu Tendu
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:14 PM

The Argentine, Paris Saint-Germain forward is a South American male footballer with one of the most international goals. For a single club, he has by far the most shots as a player. Lionel Messi's goals in total, have summed up to 773 since the onset of his career. 672 were during his time in Barcelona, 86 for Argentina during national games, and 15 in his current team, Paris Saint-Germain.

Lionel Messi's goals
Arguably the 15 best of Messi's goals in his whole football career are well documented in this post. Photo by Jean Catuffe and Pressinphoto. (Modified by author).
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Despite starting as an unknown player, the football messiah, as he was nicknamed by his fans, has risen to the greatest heights in his football career; and his most remarkable scores are as described in the list below.

Which is Lionel Messi's best goal?

The Argentine has scored many beauties in his lengthy career. However, will look at 15 of his most outstanding goals. Goals that involve either individual brilliance or touches of finesse.

15. Match against Getafe - April 19, 2007

Despite having hundreds of games, the Argentine player at a match against the La Liga team Getafe in 2007 made a historical shot, which has been heralded as the best Lionel Messi goal of his entire career.

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Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona during the La Liga Santander match between FC Barcelona v Getafe at Camp Nou on April 22, 2021, in Barcelona, Spain. Photo by David S. Bustamante.
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During this march, he saw his way past five Getafe defenders before sending the goalkeeper in the wrong direction, only to score in the opposite direction. This score sold him as a huge threat to the European football scene.

14. Match against Albacete - 2005

April 19, 2007, his La Liga goal against Getafe has made many say that it was the best Lionel Messi goal of all time, failing to remember his game against La Liga team Albacete in 2005, where he scored a goal, his first for Barcelona, notably being an unknown 17-year-old.

Minutes after his first goal was ruled out as an offside, with an assist from Ronaldinho, he managed to make a comeback making his mark in the club.

13. 2022/23 season games

The forward player has appeared in 9 matches in the 2022/2023 season in Ligue 1 and has an average of 0.56 goals every 90 minutes on the pitch. Lionel Messi's goals this season have reached five goals in the league, placing the Paris Saint-Germain team at the higher end of the table.

12. Match against Stuttgart - 2010

In this game, the football messiah collected a Yaya Toure pass, and as he evaded the Stuttgart defenders, he increased his speed and released a rocket shot, flying beyond Jens Lehmann. That was another of his epic shots.

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Lionel Messi reacts during the UEFA Champions League match between FC Barcelona and VfB Stuttgart at the Camp Nou stadium on March 17, 2010, in Barcelona, Spain. Photo by Jasper Juinen.
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11. Championship against Real Madrid, April 27, 2011

On April 27, 2011, in the UEFA Champions League, he scored an awesome shot for Barcelona using his weaker right foot with some assist from the midfield Sergio Busquets, past his Real Madrid opponent goalkeeper Iker Casillas. This marked his 500th career goal and surely celebrated his achievement.

10. Champions League game against Arsenal - March 8, 2011

During the Champions League game on March 8, 2011, against Arsenal, he came to the rescue of Barcelona, scoring two shots. However, one of the goals lifted over Manuel Almunia's head while the other was the most remarkable shot that left fans stunned. This earned him a Puskas award nomination in 2011.

Best Lionel Messi's goals
Lionel Messi of Barcelona looks on prior to the Joan Gamper Trophy match between FC Barcelona and Arsenal FC at Camp Nou on August 4, 2019, in Barcelona, Spain. Photo by Pablo Morano.
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9. Match against Brazil - June 19, 2012

During another friendly match with Brazil on June 19, 2012, he scored a hat-trick in a 4-3 victory, and his winning strike is undeniably up there with the best he has ever scored.

Lionel Messi's best goals of all time
Lionel Messi of Argentina competes for the ball with Fabinho of Brazil during a match between Argentina and Brazil on November 16, 2021, in San Juan, Argentina. Photo by Marcos Brindicci.
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Taking the ball from the halfway line, Messi breezily made his way before hammering home into the top corner. "We're lucky he's Argentine," said coach Alejandro Sabella. It is probably the best of Messi's international goals.

8. Match against Atletico Madrid - February 27, 2012

On February 27, 2012, Messi left-footed an out-of-this-world shot that left the fanatics in awe in a match against Atletico Madrid. Xavi, one of the players, was to give the free kick until the football messiah took over, delivering Barcelona to victory.

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Lionel Messi of Barcelona avoids Angel Correa of Athletico Madrid during the match between FC Barcelona and Club Atletico de Madrid on January 09, 2020, in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Photo by Francois Nel.
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7. Match against Espanyol - May 5, 2012

He scored another breathtaking goal on May 5, 2012, against La Liga team Espanyol. It was Guardiola's last game in charge at Camp Nou, and Messi marked it by scoring four. The goal that completed his 20th hat trick for Barcelona was probably the best.

As with so many other strikes, his first touch took him past the defender, beaten not by his dribbling but by his sublime control. The shot into the far corner past Cristian Alvarez wasn't bad, either.

6. Match against Athletic Club - 2015

His solo shot against Athletic Club in the final of the 2015 Copa del Rey earned a comparison to Diego Maradona's goal of the century. This is after receiving the ball in a wide position, squeezing himself free of three opponents, and left-footing himself a goal. This earned him another Puskas award nomination, yet, no prize was given.

5. Match against USMNT, June 21, 2016

On June 21, 2016, during a Copa America match against USMNT, he scored yet another amazing shot with the help of an arrowed free kick. At least, that's how the football messiah decided to overtake Gabriel Batistuta as Argentina's most prolific marksman.

With just over half an hour on the clock, Messi stood over the ball, eyed Brad Guzan's goal, then whipped the ball ferociously into the top corner. As far as record-breaking scores go, it's one of the best.

4. Match against Real Betis - March 17, 2019

On March 17, 2019, during his match against La Liga team Real Betis, his score earned him cheers even from his opponent's team due to his skilful playing nature and goal attack. This earned him another Puskas award nomination in the same year.

3. Match against Bayer Leverkusen - 2012

There was a period a few years back when Messi seemed to chip a goal with his sublime effort, from his unfavoured right foot. In a game where he scored a record-breaking five shots in a Champions League, he completed it in the most mesmerizing way ever.

2. Champions League match against Man City - 2021/22 season

During a match against Man City during the UEFA Champions League, he broke his duck of not scoring easily in PSG, in sensational style, with a goal against the team in the group stage of the Champions League in 2021-22.

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Lionel Messi of PSG and Ruben Dias of Manchester City (left) during the match between Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain on November 24, 2021, in Manchester, United Kingdom. Photo by John Berry.
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The Argentine linked up with new team-mate Kylian Mbappe, who laid the ball off for a trademark left-foot curler, leaving Ederson with no chance. It was later voted 'Goal of the Group Stage.'

1. Match against Lens - April 23, 2022

During his first season at Paris Saint Germain, he endured a lot of criticism, often being booed. However, this did not set him back; instead, during a match against Lens on April 23, 2022, he showed his prowess by scoring a classic top-corner shot. This did not fail to go into the growing records of Lionel Messi's best goals of 2022.

Lionel Messi's goals this season
Lionel Messi of Paris Saint Germain in action during the match between Paris Saint Germain and RC Lens at Parc des Princes on April 23, 2022, in Paris, France. Photo by Antonio Borga.
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He has had eight assists in the 2022/2023 season in 13 matches, therefore, managing an average of 0.62 per 90 minutes. It's been remarkable to see Lionel Messi's goals and assists go up and up.

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