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Top 5 Champions League goals of all time - #4

Sports Mole's countdown of the top five Champions League goals of all time continues with number four - Lionel Messi's solo run against Real Madrid.

Lionel Messi vs. Real Madrid

Real Madrid 0-2 Barcelona
April 27, 2011
Santiago Bernabeu

Games do not come much bigger than this: a Champions League semi-final between El Clasico rivals Barcelona and Real Madrid. The lasting image of the 2010-11 tie came in the first leg, as Lionel Messi waltzed his way through the opposition defence.

A quick one-two with Sergio Busquets 10 yards inside his own half would end with the five-time Ballon d'Or winner tucking the ball into the bottom corner, taking five players out of the game in the process.

Messi, very much at the peak of his powers, acted almost as though Sergio Ramos, Lassana Diarra, Marcelo and Raul Albiol were not there, before slotting it past a helpless Iker Casillas.

Used in a deeper position, the Argentina international produced a truly magical run to cement his status as one of the competition's greatest ever players, with Barca going on to beat Manchester United in the final.

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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Barcelona1594241192231
2Sevilla1584327161128
3Atletico MadridAtletico1577121101128
4Real Madrid158252319426
5AlavesAlaves157351817124
6Levante156452725222
7Real Betis156451617-122
8Getafe155641612421
9GironaGirona155641717021
10Espanyol156361720-321
11Celta Vigo155552824420
12Real Valladolid155551315-220
13Real Sociedad155461818019
14EibarEibar155461923-419
15Valencia153931212018
16Leganes154561519-417
17Villarreal153571519-414
18Athletic Bilbao152851523-814
19Rayo Vallecano152491530-1510
20Huesca1514101230-187

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