Ahead of this weekend's El Clásico between Barcelona and Real Madrid, Sean Cook from TalkingTHFC looks at Messi's incredible current form.
Ahead of this weekend’s El Clásico between Barcelona and Real Madrid, Sean Cook from TalkingTHFC looks at Messi’s incredible current form.
After yet another show-stopping performance in the Champions League for Barcelona, Lionel Messi proved on the biggest stage that he really is the greatest ever to play the beautiful game.
The 1-0 home victory over Manchester City at the Camp Nou showed glimpses of the famous 2010 Barcelona side, with the driving force of that team, Pep Guardiola, in the stands to watch his former side.
Moments of majesty from the little magician were even enough to bring the mighty Guardiola to his knees, with a particular nutmeg against James Milner forcing the Bayern Munich coach to hide his face as not to blush.
It was clear that Messi thrives in the biggest games, with his sheer agility and movement enough to shake a relatively strong City defence on Wednesday.
The plaudits for the Argentine came pouring in from far and wide, with BBC pundit Robbie Savage remarking, “When I leave the Nou Camp tonight, I’m going to leave them £50. I should be paying to watch this from Messi.”
After a relatively quiet few seasons in Spain, this campaign it seems Barcelona have returned to their recent former glory. Leading Real Madrid in the chase for the La Liga title, the attacking trio of Messi, Suarez and Neymar have caused many problems for defences everywhere.
Staying ahead of rivals Madrid has been no easy task for Barcelona, with comparisons between the two made often. Former Barcelona forward Gary Lineker silenced the debate over whether Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo were indeed ‘the greatest’ on Twitter saying, “Messi is indisputably the greatest player ever to don a pair of football boots. Don’t even attempt to argue the point.”
It is nothing short of refreshing to see Messi play at this level. With the likes of Ronaldo sulking at the Bernabeu, watching the Argentine adhere to the cliché of ‘enjoying his football’ pleases neutral fans everywhere.
Progressing to the next round, Barcelona thoroughly deserved to overcome the English champions. It was nothing short of an open training session for the Catalans inside the Camp Nou, showing just how strong they look again.
With Messi the figurehead of this side, his ability to make his team-mates Luis Suarez and Neymar appear mediocre shows just what he is capable of. With rivals Madrid scraping through against Schalke, Luis Enrique’s side look on target to put up a fight for the UEFA Champions League crown.
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