Twenty-four hours after Cristiano Ronaldo’s masterclass for Juventus against Atletico Madrid, Lionel Messi went and produced his own stunning performance for Barcelona at home to Lyon.
The Argentina international, quite possibly spurred on by Ronaldo’s exploits in Turin the previous evening, scored two goals and provided two assists against the French club.
The only goal of Barça’s five he wasn’t directly involved in was Philippe Coutinho’s, which was assisted by Luis Suarez.
"Stopping Messi is impossible when he's on form,” Lyon boss Bruno Genesio conceded after the match.
Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas, meanwhile, added: “If Messi had been playing for us then maybe the result would have been different.”
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It certainly would have been. Heck, if Messi had been playing for Lyon last night, the outcome of the tie itself probably would have been very different.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner was the difference between the two teams on the night.
It was a complete performance from the player many football fans regard as the greatest of all time.
In fact, it was so complete that he even managed to impress defensively.
One Messi fan has uploaded a minute-long video of the South Americans best defensive plays against Lyon, labelling him the “greatest tackler of all time”.
That might be a step too far, admittedly, but Messi once again showed that he can do pretty much anything on a football pitch.
Watch it here...
The only position you’d have slight doubts about Messi is in goal. Although even then, you wouldn’t bet against him being brilliant in between the sticks.
Messi’s all-round performance was breathtakingly good and you can watch his key moments from the match here…
"We are all very focused for this competition and Leo too, he has had an incredible match," Ernesto Valverde told reporters, per Goal, after the match.
"It was extraordinary, we dominated the game, we had chances, we scored two goals and we were able to get one more.
"In the second half, Lyon risked more, they pushed us up looking for the 2-1 that got them in the game, but our people in attack have finished solving the result.
"It was a Champions League match and in this type of game it is normal that we have moments of tension and pressure because they tend to be very fair results.
"In the Champions League you cannot relax because 2-0 was not a definitive result."News Now - Sport News