Barcelona was made to pay for their poor first-leg showing against PSG and will be licking their wounds after another premature elimination from Europe's premier club competition.
Ronald Koeman's team missed a handful of presentable chances before Kylian Mbappé put PSG ahead on the night, against the run of play, from the penalty spot on the half-hour mark.
Messi's stunning 25-yard strike just six minutes later restored parity on the night. Barça could and probably should have gone ahead on the stroke of halftime, but Messi drilled a spot-kick low and Keylor Navas deflected it onto the crossbar with his thigh.
The Catalans acquitted themselves well in Paris and were much the better side, but in the cold light of day, a 5-2 aggregate defeat to PSG in the round of 16 means that 2020-21 is another season to forget for Barcelona in the Champions League. On a personal level, and it will be of no consolation to the great man, the Argentine is now sixth on the all-time UEFA club competition appearance charts for a single club.
Messi's focus will now switch to LaLiga and clawing back a six-point deficit between Barcelona and leaders Atlético Madrid. By the time Barcelona plays on Monday night, that gap could well be stretched to nine so a win against rock-bottom Huesca is non-negotiable.
Barcelona's LaLiga form since the turn of the year has been scintillating, with ten wins and a draw from their last 11 in the top-flight, a sequence that started against Huesca on January 3rd.
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