Lionel Messi responded to finishing fifth at Monday’s Ballon d’Or ceremony in true style.
No, he hasn’t launched into a rant about the award’s voting process or the injustice of it all.
He just let his football show that to consider him the fifth best player in the world is a joke.
The Argentinian scored two superb free-kicks for Barcelona in a 4-0 win over Espanyol on Saturday evening.
He also produced a sensational assist for Ousmane Dembele as Barcelona established a three-point lead at the top of La Liga.
In scoring from two set-pieces, Messi set another personal landmark; it’s the first time in his glorious career that he’s netted two direct free-kicks in a La Liga match.
Just what more can you say about him?
Gary Lineker reacted on social media
Gary Lineker has never failed to hide his admiration for Messi and he couldn’t help but rave about the little magician on Saturday.
The Match of the Day host shared a video of Messi’s first free-kick on Instagram, writing: “5th in Ballon d’Or. 🤣🤣🤣”.
He followed that up with a more meaningful message, particular to those who voted him fifth in the Ballon d’Or.
“2 sensational free kicks from Messi again tonight. 10 in all in 2018. Ludicrously good,” Lineker wrote on Twitter.
“Anyone who watches a lot of football and has any understanding of the game knows he’s on a different planet to everyone else.”
Well said, Gary.
Messi's first free-kick
Messi's incredible assist
Messi's second free-kick
What sums Messi up is the fact that he was never going to issue a verbal response to his Ballon d’Or placing.
That’s not his style.
Instead, he allowed the world to see his talents on the football pitch.
And, while Luka Modric has enjoyed a terrific year, there are many who will refuse to believe that he was the best player in 2018.
"Leo's the best in the world by some distance," Barcelona left-back Jordi Alba said after the match against Espanyol, per Sport.
Alba must pinch himself every time he sees Messi on the ball.