“Put in the superlatives yourselves, I’m running out. It’s already been a while now that he has been outstanding. He’s more than decisive in every way. That he’s capable of doing everything that he does at his age is something impressive, that doesn’t make any sense. It wasn’t an infection in the tooth, it was in the gum. He was in a lot of pain. But in the morning I asked him how he was and he told me that he was better. Before the game I asked if he wanted to play and he said yes, I asked him how many minutes and he told me the whole game. He always wants to play, whether it’s the Champions League final or against a third-division side. For me it’s difficult to leave him out, seeing the form he’s in.” – Pep Guardiola.
“It was a performance that started off well, got better in the middle, and by the end was barely believable. One that left you feeling exhausted just watching it, full of ridiculously good touches. It got better and better and better and when you thought it couldn’t get any better it got better again. One that went from Crikey to Bloody Hell to Oh my God to Now, you’re really taking the mickey. Only Messi wasn’t taking the mickey, he was just playing football â€“ the way he plays football. The way no one else has played football. Maybe ever before.” – Sid Lowe.
With his second hat-trick in as many weeks, the superb match highlights of Leo Messi’s performance against Zaragoza can be seen here.
As a bonus, on Monday night in Spain a special half hour documentary on Leo Messi, titled “De Rosario a Barcelona,” was aired. Although obviously in Spanish, the show put together brilliant footage of Messi’s footballing life from its infancy back in Rosario in Argentina to how he has now become the talisman of Barcelona.