WATCH: Messi celebrating Barcelona’s win with fans show how much it mattered to the God of football – You will never see Lionel Messi this animated!
Barcelona’s Argentinian forward Lionel Messi celebrates midfielder Sergi Roberto’s winner during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg match vs Paris Saint-Germain FC at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on March 8, 2017 (AFP)
Lionel Messi’s celebration post Sergi Roberto’s 95th minute winner on Thursday was one for the ages. Barcelona completed one of the most extraordinary comebacks in European football history to knock Paris Saint-Germain out of the Champions League with a 6-1 victory that rewrote the record books.
Even as Barca’s entire team, their support staff, and some stray fans from the crowd sprinted towards Roberto after he scored, Messi went straight to the Catalan-faithful behind the goal to celebrate with them. It was a poignant moment that showed how much winning with Barcelona meant to the genius.
Here’s Messi celebrating after the winning goal on Thursday:
Look at Messi celebrating Sergi Roberto's goal. Going mental with the fans. Pure emotion. Bleeding blaugrana. pic.twitter.com/tI8Lxyz9Jw
— Alex Truica (@AlexTruica) March 9, 2017
No team had ever overturned a four-goal deficit in a knockout tie, but Roberto’s stoppage-time goal completed a 6-5 aggregate win that sparked delirious scenes of celebration inside the Nou Camp and sent Barca through to the last eight.
Edinson Cavani looked to have wrecked Barcelona’s dreams by volleying in an away goal to make the score 3-1 but two late strikes from Neymar set up a thrilling finale before Roberto sealed the Spanish side’s unlikely triumph.
“This is a crazy, unique sport. Children and adults here tonight will never forget what happened,” Barca coach Luis Enrique told reporters. “I dedicate this win to all Barca fans who kept faith in us. We were massively criticised after the first leg.”