Ivan Rakitic compares Barcelona comeback to Super Bowl LI

Barcelona scored three goals from the 87th minute to win 6-5 on aggregate

BY Daniel Kelly 07:41 Thursday 9 March 2017, 7:41 9 Mar 2017

Picture by: David Davies/EMPICS Sport

Barcelona's 6-1 win over Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday night was the greatest comeback in the Champions League.

The Catalan giants scored three goals in from the 87th minute to win 6-5 on aggregate. Luis Enrique's side now advance to the quarter-finals, against all odds.

While the comeback is one of the best in recent memory, is it the best sporting comeback of 2017? After the game, Ivan Rakitic revealed the Barcelona were inspired by New England Patriots' Super Bowl win.

The Patriots came from 28-3 down, to win 34-28 in the first Super Bowl to go to overtime. The comeback was easily the biggest in the 51-year history of the match too.

"We saw some weeks ago in the Super Bowl what is possible in different sports", the Croatian international told beIN Sports after the game. "This is Barcelona! At the moment we are the best team in the world, and we want to continue our dream in the Champions League"

After the win and Rakitic's comments were made public, New England Patriots welcomed Barcelona to the "comeback club".

Before Wednesday's game, Barcelona were as high at 40/1 to win the Champions League. They are now 9/4 favourites to win their second title in three years. 

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