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Luis Suarez hails Lionel Messi after Champions League heroics

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It was a Lionel Messi masterclass once again at the Nou Camp last night. With Barcelona and Bayern Munich heading towards a stalemate in the first-leg of the Champions League semi-final, the Argentine superstar produced two wonderful moments to help the Catalans secure a wonderful 3-0 victory over Pep Guardiola and Co. 

There's no doubt about it, Messi stole the show on Spanish soil, and he's been praised by the watching world for his heroics against the German giants. 

And one man who certainly enjoyed his performance was teammate Luis Suarez, who also featured in the crucial victory. 

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The Uruguayan international, who has been outstanding throughout the course of the campaign, took to Twitter after the game to post a picture of himself alongside Messi, claiming that the Argentine forward is the world's best. 

Suarez stated: "What good win and hard work of the whole team !!!! I leave a picture with the best in the world !!!!!"

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Pep upset 

Pep Guardiola, of course, knows all about Messi's class, but it wasn't a good night for the Bayern manager with his side on the verge of exiting from Europe's elite competition. 

The Baryern boss, though, insisted that Barcelona aren't only Messi, claiming that they have a number of great players. 

After the game, as reported by ESPN, the Bavarians boss stated: "I will not say what I think of Messi. They are not just Leo, Barca are a very good team. They were very solid, in defence and attack. They have great players, Neymar, Luis Suarez.

"We tried to control the game so that Messi would not participate so much. We were 15 minutes away from a very good result."

"I am very proud of this team, and these players. For three months we've had problems, reached here, won Bundesliga, competed as these players have done, for many years winning things.

"I have no reproach for them. Been a very difficult year, I really appreciate what they have done this year."

No way back for Bayern 

It was certainly Messi's night, but it was the final goal of the game that really proved the ultimate blow for the German giants. 

Messi, of course, had a part to play in it as he put Brazilian ace Neymar through on goal, who coolly slid the ball past Manuel Neuer between the sticks. 

In truth, without the star duo of Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery, Guardiola's side failed to create a great deal when on the attack throughout the proceedings. 

And, despite an astonishing 4-0 victory over Barcelona on home soil in 2013, there appears to be no way back for Bayern on this occasion, with the Catalans on course to play either of Real Madrid or Juventus in the final of the competition. 

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