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Messi hailed as 'best ever'

2012-03-08 15:19

Barcelona - Reaction to Lionel Messi's five-goal performance in Barcelona's 7-1 Champions League victory over Bayer Leverkusen on Wednesday:

"I can't remember the last time I scored five goals, so I'm very happy. It's nice to score five goals." - Lionel Messi.

"He's the best (ever), there is no other like him. The numbers speak for themselves. One day he'll score six. We'll never see a player like him again. He is one of a kind." - Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola.

"His class is just extraordinary, there's no discussion. Without Messi, Barca is the best team and with him, they are in another galaxy." - Bayer Leverkusen coach Robin Dutt.

"Messi is a joke. For me the best ever." - Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney, on Twitter.

"Just watched the Messi show. ?Unreal" - Manchester City midfielder Nigel de Jong, on Twitter.

"Was that a (Champions League) game or a game of Playstation for Messi? Untouchable! If he scores six goals does he get to take home two balls?" — Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao.

"We have run out of adjectives for him. He is the best football player in the world, as I have said many times. When he finishes his career he may be the considered the best ever. He deserves all the accolades he receives. He doesn't talk a lot, he does his talking on the pitch. To be just seven goals away from the club's top scorer is amazing. It is crazy what this guy does. He makes it easy, he always appears in key moments, he always wants to play, he is a winner. Leo is incomparable, he is unlike any other player. No other player decides a game like him, if he doesn't score, he is there to give the assist. He participates in every goal. He is a wonder." - Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernandez.

"He's the best player in football's history. We've never seen anyone like him." - Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas.

"At the end of the game I had to ask him if he had scored four or five goals. The truth is that he gets better with each passing season and he will continue making history because he doesn't tire. He is a constant reference in attack, he always gets involved and is unpredictable with the ball. We are lucky to have him with us." - Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes.

"It seems as if we're already used to Leo. He's an example to follow and I learn so much from him every day. He's at a whole other level." - Barcelona forward Cristian Tello.

"The Little Hand of God." Spanish newspaper Marca's headline, playing on former Argentina great Diego Maradona's "Hand of God" goal scored against England in the 1986 World Cup.

AP

Comments
  • Jim - 2012-03-08 15:28

    Looks good against mediocrity in a two team league,just like the SPL. I don't think he scored a goal in the last world cup.

      Dhirshan - 2012-03-08 15:34

      no no mate. mediocrity is the epl! spain won euro 2008, 2010 wc and are ranked no.1 - i think it is ignorant to imply la liga has nothing to do with that. fact : epl had only 3 champions (man, arsenal, chelsea) in the last decade or so just like la liga! (real, barca, valencia) so what's the difference?. messi is only 24 - plenty of time to win a world cup. you seem jealous . . .

      Mthunzi Phakathi - 2012-03-08 22:53

      I guesse mediocrity would also apply to the CL. Pure class ct is wat he is. Tell me which english team has kept frm scoring? U r a hater now sit dwn

  • Bob - 2012-03-08 15:29

    Mmm, not sure about the best ever, no doubting he is one of the all time greats and still young, I would not question he is the best in the world right now, and there are some great talents playing right now, I think he needs a new challenge, we would be happy to give him a challenge at the greatest club in the world LFC, YNWA.

      Dhirshan - 2012-03-08 15:35

      wrong again! LFC cannot even qualify for the europa league!

      Stormkaap - 2012-03-08 16:18

      So Bob..... who do u think is the greatest

      BJ - 2012-03-08 20:54

      Would that be the LCF who last played Champions League in 2009?

  • Heiku - 2012-03-08 17:32

    FIFA really needs to nerf Messi. He is OP and its not fair.

  • Claude - 2012-03-28 12:51

    It seems if enough people say something then it must be believed. Messi is a brilliant soccer player. He plays for (possibly) the greatest club at the moment. When he is out of Barca environment, he is nothing. Compare this to Diego Maradona at Napoli and Argentina. Look at Eric Cantona. This player lifted teams to win. Will not even mention Pele and a hundred others. At the moment Messi is a very good soccer player, playing for a very great soccer team, end of story.

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