Barcelona fan's video silences claims Lionel Messi flops in big European games
Lionel Messi has had a difficult relationship with the Champions League in recent seasons.
Barcelona have become the butt of a lot of jokes about European football after bottling comfortable first-leg leads against AS Roma and Liverpool during their most recent campaigns.
The Blaugrana were humiliated in the Italian capital in 2017/18 despite winning 4-1 at home, prompting Messi to promise fans that the Champions League title was their new priority.
But that clip came back to haunt the Barca captain as they threw away a 3-0 aggregate lead against Liverpool when it looked almost impossible for them to concede a place in the final.
Consequently, it's now been half a decade since Messi got his hands on 'Big Ears', which has given plenty of ammunition for those backing Cristiano Ronaldo in the GOAT argument.
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Despite the fact Ronaldo is now trailing 6-5 in terms of Ballon d'Or trophies, he still holds an advantage in the Champions League having won four titles in five seasons at Real Madrid.
It's a wider scenario that has led many people to opine that Messi is something of a 'bottler' when the most crucial of games roll around on the continent.
It's a theory that's easy to prescribe to on the ...
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