Tuesday 12 December 2017

Lionel Messi's performance had some of the world's biggest sports stars salivating on Twitter

Barcelona's Lionel Messi celebrates scoring their first goal
Barcelona's Lionel Messi celebrates scoring their first goal

Lionel Messi's masterclass in Barcelona's 3-0 Champions League win over Bayern Munich drew acclaim from within football and beyond.

The Argentinian was at his brilliant best in the late stages, scoring two supreme goals including a second that electrified social media.

Here is a look at some of the immediate reaction to Messi's display on Twitter:

Patrick Kluivert (ex-Holland and Barcelona striker): "He really is from a different Planet #Messi even if u are supporting another team u have to admit this."

Joey Barton (QPR midfielder): "In any other era Cristano would be best of his generation. In the Messi-era everyone who has ever played is no.2. Maradona. Cruyff. Pele."

Charlie Austin (QPR striker): "Surely there is another word other than professional footballer for messi because he is on a different planet to the rest of us!!!!!!!!"

John Aldridge (former Liverpool striker): "Folks, it doesn't get much better than that MESSI MAGIC.Feel sorry for our Xabi Alonso though."

Gary Lineker (former England striker): "It's such a joy to watch Messi. The greatest!"

Alex Scott (England women defender): "No he didn't...what have my eyes just witnessed #Messi .....wow!!!!!"

Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace winger): "O M G messi!!!"

Franco Baresi (former AC Milan defender): "#Messi fenomeno @FCBarcelona"

Ross Barkley (Everton playmaker): "He's from a different planet. #Messi"

Kobe Bryant (NBA star): "#Messi #MagisterialMessi"

John Hartson (former Wales striker): "I'm watching a man play Football and he is simply Breathtaking!!!! What planet is Messi on."

Guy Mowbray (BBC football commentator): "Going to watch that goal over & over again until I fall asleep. Then again at breakfast. Beautiful, genius, magical #Messi"

Piers Morgan (journalist): "I'd still rather have @Cristiano in my team than Messi."

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