I say it honestly, not because he plays on my team. "For your ego, it's a thing that you are going to tell your kids and grandkids". It will be tough because they are must-win games. Marc-Andre ter Stegen came up with a big save in the first half and, generally speaking, you can assume they'd still win plenty of games even if they conceded an average of one per game due to the prowess of their attack.
Messi arrived at Wembley with a reputation as one of the best players to have ever played the game. Our players were heroes because they were chasing the game against Messi, Suarez, Coutinho and co.
The Barca captain hit the post twice from nearly identical positions after some slick attacking play from the visitors.
"[Messi] was unbelievable. When he's in that form he's magic to watch".
However, while those moments encapsulated Messi's individual brilliance, his ruthless streak was showcased shortly afterward when, with the score 2-1, he finished off a move of beauty to restore Barcelona's two-goal advantage.
However, the hosts pulled a goal back in the 52nd minute as Kane cut onto his right before bending the ball into the far corner from 12-yards out. Messi aimed for the same post he had hit twice earlier, and this time found the side netting.
It was a straightforward chance in the end, but the crispness of Messi's finish and the pinpoint placement, beyond Lloris's grasping arm, was the work of a master craftsman.
Ivan Rakitic scored a stunning volley as Barcelona beat Tottenham on a newly-laid but uninspiring Wembley pitch.
"The Champions League is the cherry on the cake for everyone, but to win it we have to do well in La Liga and the Copa del Rey", Messi added. "We had a few problems during the game but we managed to solve them". As it was, Tottenham's manager was left with nothing but superlatives to his fellow countryman.
"These are the games you want to be involved in, that you dream of playing in", Trippier said to BT Sport.
Messi almost put the game away twice at the start of the second half, but both times his low curling shots clattered off the left post to keep Spurs trailing by just two goals. "His average performance is this type of game, above everything else".