While it was not a vintage Lionel Messi performance by any means, Barcelona’s number ten scored two and created another one to knock Chelsea out of the Champions League.
Antonio Conte’s side gave everything that they had, as they came close to scoring on multiple occasions. But a combination of poor finishing and bad luck saw them crash out of the competition last night.
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Messi was involved in all four goals in the tie, as his two goals at the Nou Camp backed his crucial away goal at Stamford Bridge a couple of weeks back.
The Chelsea boss was full of praise for Messi, as Conte called him the best player in the world by some distance.
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“I have to praise the commitment of my players, and be proud because they gave everything. But Messi made the difference and, when you have the opportunity to make a great compliment to Messi, it’s right to praise a super, super, super top player.
“A player who is able to score 60 goals in every season. Not only for one season. We are talking about an extraordinary player, the best in the world.
“He’s a player who can change the final result for any team he is playing in. But he started to play with Barcelona and, for sure, he will finish his career in Barcelona. Many teams can hope to have him in their team, but it won’t be possible.
“This is a great story for Barcelona and Messi. This type of player is born once every 50 years. We are talking about one single player with this capacity, with this ability, with these skills. He’s fantastic.”
Tough to argue against Conte isn’t it?