The tributes poured in for Lionel Messi last night after the Barcelona star netted the 37th hat-trick of his career.
Messi put Manchester City to the sword with a clinical performance, complimenting his three goals by winning a penalty and assisting Neymar’s late goal.
Nolito claimed he was the difference at the Camp Nou on Wednesday, and it’s hard to disagree.
Search ‘Messi incredible’ in Twitter and the appraisals are endless. Don’t let Steve McManaman’s commentary fool you - the 29-year-old was class.
Twitter has become the ideal medium for fans to express their views about, well, pretty much everything. It’s even become quite common for celebrities to read ‘mean tweets’ about themselves.
But it’s near impossible to find one negative comment about Messi. Even the most ardent Real Madrid fan will have a hard time criticising the Argentine.
So Barca simply decided to have Messi read positive tweets about himself.
Barca stars read tweets
The 29-year-old was joined by Gerard Pique, Arda Turan, Ivan Rakitic and Sergi Roberto in reading out the messages. Messi seems to find the whole experience rather awkward, confessing to sweating after reading a tweet that compared him to God.
He denies that he is an alien, claiming, “I’m completely normal.” Try telling the hundreds of defends you’ve roasted that, Leo.
Luis Enrique was full of praise for the five-time Ballon d’Or winner after his hat-trick against Man City left Barcelona with one foot in the Champions League knockout stage.
"It’s clear that he is the best player in the world," Enrique said, per Sport.
"He is the complete interpretation of everything football is. It would be naive to doubt Leo.
"He’s once again been decisive. He was present in all the game’s important moments. And he even made them nervous when they gifted him the first goal!
"It’s what happens when you give a centimetre to our most dangerous player."