Barcelona hail supersub Lionel Messi

FIFA :    Barcelona assistant coach Jordi Roura hailed Lionel Messi’s desire after the 2012 FIFA Ballon d’Or winner helped guide the Spanish giants past Paris Saint-Germain and into the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League.

The Spanish league leaders were heading out of the competition as they trailed 1-0 on the night, and 3-2 on aggregate, when Messi was introduced as a second-half substitute having started on the bench to protect a hamstring injury.

And the Argentine made a decisive impact as he was involved in the move that led to Pedro’s equaliser which took the Catalans through on away goals.

“It was a pact that we had with him that if things weren’t going well, we would bring him on,” Roura told a press conference.