For the Best Sports Play GIF assignment, I decided to get a clip of Lionel Messi’s second goal for Barcelona when they played in the UEFA Champions League semi-final against Bayern Munich. RIP Boateng and his ankles (the defender who fell over). Not only did he break the defenders ankles, he then went on to chip the ball over goal keeper.
Behind the Creation
I am a huge fan of European soccer and my favorite team has been Barcelona. I have been following them for over 7 years. This was a very big match for Barcelona since it was a semi-final in a big competition and Bayern (the team they were playing against) are a high quality team. Barcelona had lost to them pretty badly the year before this one in the same competition, they were humiliated over two legs (during the knock-out phase, teams play each other twice. Once home and once away). Barcelona had lost to them away 4-0 and then lost at home 3-0 making it a loss of 7-0 on aggregate. A year late, this fixture was a redemption match for Barcelona. They beat Bayern 3-0 in that match and eventually went on to the cup final where they won as well.
To create this GIF, I used an online tool called Giphy. It was very clean and incredibly simple to use.