Lionel Messi will have an added motivation in Barcelona’s final group game against Borussia Monchengladbach.
The magnificent Argentine came back from a week of illness to score a match-winning brace against Celtic, just the latest display of his brilliance in the Champions League.
You’d have been mad not to back him scoring last night in Glasgow, his second coming from the penalty spot after Luis Suarez was brought down.
Marca have it that the Barca star is now just two goals shy of a Cristiano Ronaldo record – 11 goals in the group stages of the competition – but he can break that with another shining performance against the Germans at the Nou Camp next time out.
It might not be sufficient consolation for the Ballon d’Or, which is almost certainly heading in the direction of his Portuguese rival, but Messi would surely like to beat CR7 at something just once this year.
Barca won La Liga, but it was Ronaldo who helped Real to the Champions League and then won a major tournament with his country, something Messi is yet to do.