We all ran out of superlatives to describe Barcelona’s freak of nature Lionel Messi years ago; he defies everything we’ve all ever known about football – okay, slightly dramatic.
The Argentinean was up to his usual tricks in the first-leg of Barca’s Champions League Last 16 clash with Manuel Pellegrini’s side and, so far, the second-leg is going exactly the same way.
Barcelona will be a little miffed to only be leading the defending Premier League champions 1-0 with Lionel Messi pulling the strings for all of the La Liga giant’s positive play. The previous Ballon d’Or winner produced a moment of magic to set-up Ivan Rakitic; it all started with a wonderful touch, a lovely turn, a burst of pace, a fine dribble and then a wonderful pass to pick out his team-mate who lobbed Barca into the lead.
No matter what Messi does, there will always be critics and, after watching the below clips, you have to wonder why…
CLASS: Lionel Messi gliding through the Manchester City defence. pic.twitter.com/9Cc8gcVaql
— BBC Sporf (@BBCSporf) March 18, 2015
Pep can't believe it pic.twitter.com/aQtuvLZ48Y
— TheSPORTbible (@TSBible) March 18, 2015