The world has long since run out of superlatives for Lionel Messi, but the Barcelona superstar’s incredible performance against Bayern Munich in midweek had fans searching for new ways to describe him.
The Argentine fired home two brilliant goals in the 77th and 80th minutes, before assisting Neymar’s late third, as Barcelona thrashed the Germans 3-0 in their Champions League semi-final first leg.
Social media was sent into meltdown thanks to the little genius, with famous figures from inside and outside the world of football queuing up to heap praise on Messi.
Former AC Milan and Brazil star Leonardo summed up the feelings of many when he declared that Messi must now be considered better than Argentina legend Diego Maradona.
Es oficial: Messi es mejor que Maradona
England goalscoring legend Gary Lineker, who faced Maradona when he scored his legendary solo goal during the 1986 World Cup, agreed with Leonardo.
It’s such a joy to watch Messi. The greatest!
Former Barcelona and Netherlands striker Patrick Kluivert tweeted: “He really is from a different Planet #Messi even if u are supporting another team u have to admit this.”
Outspoken Queens Park Rangers midfielder Joey Barton remarked: “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.”
Palermo fantasista and Italy international Franco Vazquez tweeted: “Thank you for existing, Messi.”
Roma’s Juan Iturbe gushed: “I saw Messi play!”, while Inter’s Lukas Podolski summed up his feelings nice and succintly.