By Ollie Irish
I noticed that the Guardian shortlisted this Messi goal for end-of-season honours, more because of a wonderful through ball by Xavi than for anything Messi did, but for my coin the Messi solo goal posted above is way more impressive.
Messi’s unstoppable chip at pace against Arsenal was also in the reckoning, but in the end his goal against Zaragoza sums up Leo better than any other he scored this season. It shows his strength, pace, balance, ball control and composure. He picks the ball up in a relatively innocuous position and suddenly it’s in the back of the net. Boom. How did that happen?