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Carles Puyol's tweet after Lionel Messi's masterclass during Espanyol 0-4 Barcelona

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Lionel Messi played as if he was angry against Espanyol.

And as most football fans know, when the little Argentine is angry, it is usually something for the opposition to worry about.

Sadly for Espanyol, they were on the receiving end of yet another Messi masterclass in the Catalan derby.

The 31-year-old - who somehow finished fifth in the Ballon d'Or standings - scored two outstanding free-kicks and provided a sumptuous assist for Ousmane Dembele.

Barcelona ran out 4-0 winners, with Luis Suarez also getting on the score sheet.

Messi's performance was an apt reminder that he is still arguably the finest player on the planet.

And Barca legend Carles Puyol posted a very appropriate tweet on his former teammate straight after his second free-kick flew past the Espanyol goalkeeper.

PUYOL'S TWEET

https://twitter.com/Carles5puyol/status/1071512198692904962

His post translated reads: "Anybody doubt who's the best? They don't need individual prizes... #LeoMessi."

Well said, Carles.

His tweet went viral in a flash and it seems clear that Messi doesn't need individual awards to be recognised the greatest.

Messi's latest wonderful display comes just days after Pele's bizarre attack on the Argentine international when comparing him to himself and Diego Maradona.

Messi on the ball vs Espanyol

“How can you make a comparison between a guy who heads well, shoots well, with the left and with the right, with another guy who only shoots with one leg, can only one dribble and doesn’t finish the ball well with the head?” Pele said, per AS.

"Maradona was one of the greatest players in history. If you ask me if he was better than Messi, then yes, he was much better. Beckenbauer and Cruyff were also excellent players."

The Brazilian then went full third-person mode, saying: “How can you compare them? To compare yourself with Pele, you must be someone who shoots well with your left foot and with the right, as well as scoring with your head.”

Topics:
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Espanyol
Ousmane Dembele
La Liga
Barcelona
Lionel Messi
Luis Suarez

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