Lionel Messis added yet another Championship notch to his belt, helping Barcelona to the Champions League Final.
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While most people who aren’t members of the Cristiano Ronaldo Fanclub would have loved to see Lionel Messi overtake his brash Real Madrid rival with a goal in Barcelona’s win over Juventus, Messi got the last laugh this year with what was still a dominant performance in the Champions League Final. Perfect passes, display after display of unmatchable speed, pulling double teams that allowed Neymar and Luis Suarez to dominate their matchups – all of them contributed to a performance that Messi should be proud of even if it didn’t allow him to one-up Ronaldo.
A goal by Ivan Rakitic in the first five minutes set the tone for what would be a mostly dominant match by Barcelona and Lionel Messi’s fellow forwards Luis Suarez and Neymar would capitalize to seal the win for the La Liga club.
Here is a look at the Barcelona player ratings from the Champions League Final, listed by position ranked out of 10:
#1 Marc Andre ter Stegen, Goalkeeper – 7/10
Obviously we have to take some points off for allowing that game-tying second half goal, but on the whole ter Stegen played a strong game that included four seemingly-easy saves and nine goal kicks. But even so, having to defend from 8 shots on goal is no easy feat.