Lionel Messi (Darz Mol, Wikimedia Commons)
FC Barcelona is Europe’s best soccer team for the second time in three years.
On Saturday, FC Barcelona defeated Manchester United 3-1 at London’s Wembley Stadium in front of 62, 467 soccer fans.
It is FC Barcelona’s second title in the last three years and third in the last six years. Overall, Barcelona has won the title four times as they won their first UEFA Champions League in 1992.
On Saturday, FC Barcelona got goals from Pedro Rodriguez, Lionel Messi and David Villa. Wayne Rooney responded for Manchester United.
Messi, was named the top player, for delivering the game winning goal on a beautiful strike that broke a 1-1 deadlock nine minutes into the second half.
FC Barcelona played a brilliant defensive style of soccer as Manchester United only had one shot on net the entire game. FC Barcelona meanwhile had 12.
Even though Manchester United seemed to control the time of possession early in the first half, FC Barcelona dominated the majority of the final 45 minutes and controlled the play for 16 more minutes in all than Man U.
The 2012 UEFA Champions League Final will take place in Munich, Germany.