Lionel Messi admits his participation in the second leg of Barcelona's Champions League quarter-final clash with Paris Saint-Germain was a calculated risk - but one he is glad to have taken.
The 25-year-old picked up a hamstring injury in the first leg of the last eight clash with the Ligue 1 side and began the return clash at Camp Nou on the bench.
But after a strike from Javier Pastore, which would have seen PSG qualify for the semi-finals, Messi was introduced in a bid to change the course of the tie - with his impact coinciding with an improved display and a Pedro goal, to seal the Blaugrana's route to the last four.
“It was worth risking, we are now through to the semi-finals and we will now work to heal the injury,” Messi told Chinese social network Tencent Weibo.
The Catalans will face one of Real Madrid, Bayern Munich or Borussia Dortmund over two legs, as they tackle one last hurdle between them and a place in the final at Wembley.