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Lionel Messi pays tribute to Luis Suarez after Champions League display

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Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi has taken to Facebook to pay tribute to striker partner Luis Suarez after his mesmerising performance against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.

The Uruguay international bagged a brace at Parc des Princes last night to help Luis Enrique's side on their way to an emphatic 3-1 victory over their Ligue 1 opponents in Wednesday's quarter-final first leg.

Suarez was at his swashbuckling best for the Blaugrana after turning in an impressive man-of-the-match display, and gave PSG defender David Luiz a particularly torrid time after nutmegging the Brazilian on two separate occasions as he ran riot in Paris.

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After a slow start to life at Camp Nou the former Liverpool marksman is now starting to show exactly why Barca paid such an astronomical some of money to secure the South American's services last summer.

His fine form has not been lost on Messi, who heaped praise on the 28-year-old after posing for a photograph to commemorate the memorable win.

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Messi is used to being the central figure in the Barcelona team, but despite setting up the opening goal for Neymar last night he was overshadowed by the brilliance of Suarez, who is now scoring goals and providing assists on a regular basis for the Catalan giants.

With 18 goals in 33 appearances in all competitions the controversial marksman could have a pivotal part to play in Barca's pursuit of a momentous domestic and European treble this term.

Enrique's side are sitting pretty at the top of La Liga - two points clear of Real Madrid - and have already booked their place in this year's Copa del Rey final, which will take place against Athletic Bilbao on May 30.

After last night's result they also have one foot in the semi-finals of Europe's elite club competition, and barring any disaster in next week's return leg in Spain will move another step closer to claiming the Champions League crown, which would represent a magnificent debut campaign for Suarez in Catalunya.

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Lionel Messi
UEFA Champions League
Luis Suarez
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