Argentina overtook Italy to win the first contested Finalissima since 1993 – and Lionel Messi once again lived up to his old tricks.
Although the soccer legend didn’t get on the scoresheet on Wednesday night, he still stole the show.
He provided two impressive assists and ran Italy to shreds, the Paris Saint-Germain star lit up the Wembley pitch even while being deployed in a deeper position.
The Argentine’s career has been defined by his habit of producing countless moments of jaw-dropping skill, with Wednesday’s game being no exception.
And some performances have been so impressive that he has even left some of the biggest names in football speechless.
Earlier this month, a Barcelona fan account – Eleven of Barça – who no doubt loves Messi after his 21 years there – posted a Twitter thread of current and former stars of the footballing world reacting to some of his most impressive moments on the pitch.
So here are some of the best answers to Messi’s best hours that have been filmed…
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Dating back to May 2019, Barcelona were 2-0 down against Liverpool at Camp Nou in the Champions League semi-finals.
Up stepped up Messi to fire a free kick from 35 yards, slapped in line with the midfield of Alisson Becker’s goal.
It was already a stunning performance for the Argentine but to score from this position was the icing on the cake.
And Messi’s 600th goal for Barcelona was so outrageous it practically blew the heads of English football pundits and legends Rio Ferdinand and Gary Lineker.
Lineker’s face was a picture as he punched the air as the Nou Camp erupted, Ferdinand leaping to grab him and leap into the studio.
“Wow!” they both gasped in unison, as Manchester United legend Ferdinand stood in shock with his hand over his mouth.
It’s not just the reactions off the pitch that Messi’s performances have provoked – as was the case for Man United midfielder Pogba in April 2019.
The Red Devils were playing away at Argentina’s former home ground, the Nou Camp, in the Champions League quarter-finals and Messi was himself as usual, dancing around the defense of United.
But it was his debut goal for the Spanish side that prompted a hilarious reaction from Pogba.
The Frenchman watched as Messi slipped past the entire United defense to send a blistering shot into the bottom corner of David de Gea’s goal.
And as the camera returned to Pogba, his reaction to Messi tearing his side said it all.
Messi has drawn hilarious reactions from former pros, current players, but one of the best has to be from legendary manager Pep Guardiola.
Manchester City visited Camp Nou in the last 16 of their Champions League return clash in 2015, and Messi was in fine form – as City star James Milner found out.
Milner was left red after the Barcelona talisman effortlessly wedged the ball between his legs.
But it was the reaction of then-Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola that has stuck in the minds of fans ever since.
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