Lionel Messi 2013: Barcelona star answers critics with winners against AC Milan (Photos)

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Lionel Messi delivered one of the most magisterial displays of his career to lift Barcelona to a sensational Champions League comeback against AC Milan. The 25-year-old star produced two goals in a thrilling 4-0 home victory on Tuesday (March 12, 2013) to help the Spaniards reach the quarter-finals. After a surprise 2-0 reverse at San Siro stadium in last month's first leg, Barca was in a supposed crisis, its crown as Europe's dominant force precariously balanced. If the Catalan giants failed to move past AC Milan in Champions League, there would be far-reaching consequences for both the team and Lionel Messi. The soccer fans looked to Messi to spark a fightback and the four-times World Player of the Year did not disappoint them. That was all it took as the Argentinian forward scored twice in the first 40 minutes of 16 second-leg match. The one-way traffic continued after the break as David Villa and Jordi Alba completed the remarkable result, pushing the team to a dramatic 4-0 win over Rossoneri at Camp Nou. Lionel Messi has occasionally struggled but his efforts for his club side have been virtually flawless.

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Lionel Messi produced one of the most dazzling displays of his career to lead Barcelona to a stirring Champions League comeback against AC Milan on Tuesday (March 12, 2013), keeping alive the club's dream of adding to its modern dynasty of three European titles in the past six years.

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Lionel Messi was illuminated by a laser during the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and FC Barcelona at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on March 2, 2013 in Madrid, Spain.

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The soccer star spoke at adidas press conference to mark the launch of the Messi Gallery by Adidas and the new adizero f50 Messi boot on March 6, 2013 in Barcelona, Spain.

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The Argentinian forward celebrated after scoring his team's second goal during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Sevilla FC at Camp Nou on February 23, 2013 in Barcelona, Spain.

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Aged just 25, Lionel Messi is the first player ever to scoop the Ballon d'Or award on four occasions, beating his great rival Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid and Barcelona teammate Andrés Iniesta.

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This article was published on 2013/03/14
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