The UEFA Champions League’s quarter-finals will not feature Lionel Messi for the first time in more than a decade this season, with Barcelona exiting the competition in the last 16.
Barcelona have struggled to challenge for Europe’s biggest prize in recent seasons and their latest exit will be another blow to their chances of keeping Messi, who is out of contract at the end of the season and attracting interest from the likes of Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain.
It was the latter of those sides who eliminated the Catalans last week following a comprehensive victory over two legs, PSG sealing an emphatic 4-1 first leg victory at the Camp Nou which all but ended the tie as a contest.
Messi – alongside old rival Cristiano Ronaldo – will now watch on as the competition’s latter stages take place, and with no chance of adding to his Champions League haul this season, we’ve decided to look back at some magical Messi moments from previous seasons.
Here are Lionel Messi’s best goals from the Champions League’s last 16: