@carlito86 you're blatantly lying yet again, Pepe was sent off around the 60th minute, not the 44th second. I don't know if you watched the match back then but Madrid went in it as 'spoilers' (to borrow a boxing term), they played Pepe in midfield alongside Diarra and Alonso and it was a foul filled match. Again, I don't know if you watched the match at the time or even in hindsight, or read the headlines the day after. Messi was sublime, against a top quality opponent who came with one goal - to stifle him. The extreme revisionism makes you seem very disingenuous. Again vs Bayern Munich, while it is true they missed a number of players, they were at the time recognised as having the deepest squad in all of club football - and no, Robben, Ribery and Alaba were not their best three players. While Robben could be recognised as such, Neuer, Boateng, Lewandowski were the closest to him. And while the revisionism is strong, prior to the match Messi was supposedly going up against the then best keeper in the world and best centre back in the world, he humiliated both. As has also been mentioned, the match had an ebb and flow about it, it was back and forth up until around the 70th-75th minute. Bayern missing all those wingers made them pack the area of the pitch Messi drifts into with Alonso, Thiago, Schweinsteiger, Lahm... so while it had an effect on Bayern's attack and gave Alves freedom to overlap untracked, I don't see how it affected Messi. While we are revising history Ronaldo vs Barca 2008 (didn't score) Ronaldo vs Arsenal 2009 (Almunia, Djourou, Gibbs says it all) Ronaldo vs Barcelona 2011 (didn't score) Ronaldo vs Bayern 2012 (if Pep's 2015 Bayern are poor, this one with Badstuber can't be elite) Ronaldo vs Dortmund 2013 (not elite, lost anyway) Ronaldo vs Bayern 2014 (slightly overrated, tactically naive side) Ronaldo vs Juve 2015 (washed up Pirlo that was let go thereafter, Vidal carrying the WC14 injury throughout the season, Pogba just not himself since the injury vs Dortmund) Ronaldo vs Bayern 2016 (red cards in both legs for Bayern, offside goals and so on) Ronaldo vs Atletico 2017 (no Gimenez and Juanfran, a young left footed centre back at right back, and crucially not the elite Atletico of 2013-16) Ronaldo vs Bayern 2018 (didn't score) We can do this for every single player in history if we choose to use our time that way.