Lionel Messi’s effort for Paris Saint-Germain against Manchester City has been voted the Champions League Goal of the Group Stage.
The strike was the 34-year-old’s first goal for PSG after joining on a free transfer due to Barcelona’s financial issues preventing them from offering him a new contract.
PSG were 1-0 up after an eighth-minute opener from midfielder Idrissa Gueye when Messi, in the 74th minute, played a neat one-two with Kylian Mbappe on the edge of the box.
The Frenchman backheeled into Messi’s path before the Argentine rifled an unstoppable left-footed effort into the top-right corner past a helpless Ederson in the City goal.
Messi garnered 22 per cent of the vote – over 200,00 were cast – beating out competition from Thiago Alcantara and Robert Lewandowski, who gained 14 per cent and 13 per cent, respectively.
Thiago struck a stunning volley into the bottom-right corner for Liverpool in their 2-0 win over Porto at Anfield, while Lewandowski fired in a spectacular bicycle kick in Bayern Munich’s 2-1 away victory over Dynamo Kiev.