Lionel Messi: Barcelona star is better than anyone at one thing - Rio Ferdinand

Posted Thursday, October 04, 2018 by

Lionel Messi: Barcelona star is better than anyone at one thing - Rio Ferdinand
Lionel Messi starred for Barcelona in their Champions League win over Tottenham (Image: GETTY/BT SPORT)

LIONEL MESSI scored twice for Barcelona against Tottenham tonight and has received huge praise for his performance.

Barcelona beat Tottenham 4-2 at Wembley in the Champions League Group B clash.

After scoring a hat-trick in the group opener against PSV Eindhoven two weeks ago, Lionel Messi added a brace to take his tally to five goals in two games already.

In truth the Argentina superstar could have had more, hitting Hugo Lloris’ right-hand post twice in quick succession in the second half.

Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand was full of praise for Messi before the game.

And after the game he claimed Messi’s decision making is better than anyone else currently playing.

“We can talk about Tottenham and their efforts later on, but you have to marvel at this guy here,” Ferdinand said on BT Sport.

“I feel blessed that I was in this stadium live to be able to watch him.

“I’ll tell my kids about it tomorrow on the school run.

“This guy, what he does on the football pitch, is just ridiculous.

“It’s like he’s got a remote control in his hand, assesses the situation, and says ‘yeah, right, let me just plot the location and I’ll put the ball exactly where I want to put it, on a sixpence’.

“His weight of pass, his decision making is unrivalled.

“When he gets in to finish, he’s as cool as you like.”

Former Barcelona striker Henrik Larsson also paid tribute to Messi after the match.

“He always does (mean business),” Larsson said.

“He got rested and he thought ‘well I’ve got some extra energy so I’m going to go for it’.

“It’s just a pleasure as Rio was saying to be here tonight and witness it live. It was fantastic.”

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