There are footballers, and then there’s Lionel Messi.
The Barcelona man again turned it on like no other can to blow away Bayern Munich 3-0 in the first leg of their Champions League Semi-final.
Messi scored twice in the space of three minutes to seal victory against former coach Pep Guardiola, the second of which featured an exquisite bamboozling of defender Jerome Boateng and dinked finish over Manuel Neuer.
Neymar, who alongside Messi and Luis Suarez forms world football’s most fearsome attack, completed the quick-fire rout with a well-taken third in stoppage time.
Messi was the man earning the plaudits, though, after all but catapulting the Catalans into their first Final since beating Manchester United in 2011.
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Overturning the deficit in Munich is likely to prove too tough even for a side with the attacking power of Bayern, especially with goals at the other end almost inevitable.