Vintage Lionel Messi provides yet another reminder of his greatness

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"For your ego, it's a thing that you are going to tell your kids and grandkids".

Lionel Messi lifted Barcelona out of their recent malaise with a magical display as his side beat Tottenham Hotspur 4-2 in a thrilling Champions League Group B clash at Wembley on Wednesday. He played a part in Barcelona's first two goals, hit the post twice early in the second half, and eventually got on the score sheet when he started and finished the best move of the night to make it 3-1.

Having played the role of provider, Messi upped a gear after half-time and began to embark on the mazy, unstoppable dribbles that have defined his career.

The Barca captain hit the post twice from nearly identical positions after some slick attacking play from the visitors.


Tottenham Hotspur playmaker Erik Lamela has hailed compatriot Lionel Messi's performance at Wembley and revealed they swapped shirts after the match.

Considering his well-earned reputation as one of the world's most feared strikers, it is nearly inexplicable that Luis Suarez has now gone more than three years without an away goal in the Champions League. Busquets and Rakitic are 30; Messi and Suarez are 31.

Spurs were always on the back foot after a Lloris error helped gift Barca the lead just 92 seconds into the game, before a stunning Ivan Rakitic volley doubled the advantage in the first half.

His performance was reminiscent of the Champions League final at this same venue in 2011 when Messi, then at the peak of his powers, destroyed Manchester United with a spellbinding performance against Sir Alex Ferguson's team.


Only when Messi struck his second in stoppage-time, his fifth of this season's tournament after a hat-trick against PSV, could coach Ernesto Valverde breathe a little easier.

Kane's hard work on the right flank led to Spurs second as he won the ball back from Barcelona and teed up Lamela, whose shot took deflected off Clement Lenglet and over the outstretched arms of a diving Ter Stegen to again cut the deficit to one goal. As it was, Tottenham's manager was left with nothing but superlatives to his fellow countryman.

Everybody who will play the game in the future will also be struggling to match him.

'He shows his style in every game that's why he is the best in the world and everybody knows it.


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