(CNN)In a week loaded with ultra-hyped sporting events, Barcelona vs. Bayern Munich lived up to its billing -- thanks mainly to Lionel Messi.
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The two great football heavyweights traded more blows than Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao combined in a thrilling 3-0 Barcelona victory at the Camp Nou.
It was Messi, scoring the 52nd and 53rd goals of his illustrious season, who delivered the knockout in a blistering two goal, four minute second-half flurry to give Barcelona 2-0 lead. Brazlian Neymar connected on a breakaway goal in the third minute of extra time.
Messi's goals at the 77th minute and 80th minute were both classic efforts from the Argentinian, hitting them in stride from right side of the pitch to beat an until-then solid Manuel Neuer at goal for Bayern.
"We played the game we wanted to play, so we are very happy," Barcelona midfielder Javier Mascherano told Sky Sports.
"They come to press higher, but sometimes when you go and press high you take risks," he said of Bayern's tactics. "We know that we have a lot of people in front with quality to make a difference."
One striker's quality stood out in particular.
"He's a player that's impossible to describe," he said of Messi, playing in his 10th year at Barcelona but still only 27. "You just have to watch him."