Lionel Messi's four-goal masterpiece in Barcelona's 4-1 mauling of Arsenal on Tuesday was easily one of the most amazing performances in recent memory, the type of game that inspires fans and fellow players around the world. The type of performance that reminds us why we love this game so much.
If Messi wasn't already regarded by most as the world's best player, he certainly provided the loudest of reminders that his magical feet can do things other players can only dream of. From his quick-fire blast to equalize, to his audacious chip, down to his Stanky Leg-like move to break free on his fourth goal, Messi made the ball do his bidding as Arsenal defenders were turned into traffic cones.
As we draw ever closer to this summer's World Cup, and next month's UEFA Champions League final, we find a superstar in Messi to help lead the way toward what should be an unforgettable few months.
In case you missed it, or if you simply want to watch it again, here is Lionel Messi's four-goal masterpiece:
What did you think of Messi's performance? Best you've ever seen? Starting think that even Diego Maradona can't stop Messi from leading Argentina to some World Cup glory in South Africa ? Think anybody can stop Barcelona from repeating as Champions League winners?
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