Argentina’s star footballer Lionel Messi’s superb free kick against Liverpool was voted as the Champions League Goal of the Tournament for the season 2018-19.
Leo sent the ball into the top corner from around 25 meters in the 82nd minute of the match played on 2 May. Such was the impact of the strike from the Argentine that Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker found no chance whatsoever to block it.
It was fitting that the fabulous goal marked Messi’s 600th for Barcelona – another feather in the cap of the star forward.
Messi’s strike has now been named Goal of the Tournament, with the declaration being made on the official UEFA Champions League social media pages following a fan vote in association with Nissan.
The goal was scored in Barca’s semi-final first leg tie at their home ground Camp Nou.
The goal was Messi’s second of the match, which put Barca 3-0 up, making it impossible for Liverpool to make a comeback.
However, Livepool stunned everyone on 7 May as Jurgen Klopp’s side destroyed Barcelona in their return game at Anfield by 4-0 to progress ahead in the tournament. Liverpool proceeded to win the tournament, vanquishing Tottenham in the finals to clinch their 6th European Cup.
Messi faced a tough competition to win this honour. Fans had the option of choosing Arjen Robben’s trademark left-footed goal or Ivan Rakitic’s stunning half-volley which came against Tottenham.
His biggest competition, however, came from his old rival – Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese footballer scored a splendid goal against his former club Manchester United in the group stage following a lofted through-ball from Leonardo Bonucci.