29 May 2011

Messi inspires Spaniards to crushing 3-1 Wembley win

12:39 pm on 29 May 2011

The best of Spain beat the best of England as Barcelona overwhelmed Manchester United 3-1 in the Champions League football final and lift the European Cup for the fourth time this morning.

Lionel Messi was at his inspirational best as Barcelona left United looking outclassed in the face of their relentless intricate passing and deadly movement.

United managed to eke out a goal reaching halftime level at 1-1 after Wayne Rooney cancelled out Pedro's opening goal but Barcelona continued their dominance after the break.

A superb Messi goal and a precise 18-metre curler by David Villa, underlined the Spanish side's dominance over the team they also beat in the 2009 final.