09 March 2012

The global press pays homage to Leo Messi

Media outlets from around the world praise Messi’s five-goal performance against Bayer Leverkusen. Footballers took to Twitter during yesterday’s match to weigh in on the Argentine’s brilliant night.

Praise for Leo Messi after his historic five-goal performance against Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League last-16 return leg extended beyond his teammates and manager.


Pep Guardiola and Pedro’s words of praise are only the tip of the iceberg, news outlets from around the world ran out of adjectives to describe last night’s performance. Here is a sample of what’s being said about Messi in today’s press:


EUROPE

L’Equipe: ‘¡Messi, Messi, Messi, Messi, Messi!’ and a photo of the Argentine’s five goals were on the cover of the French daily

Gazzetta dello Sport: ‘Barça Show, Manita [Little hand] for Messi’

Corriere dello Sport: ‘Messi, five legendary goals’

Bild: ‘The God of football: Messi’ said the German daily, “his five goals humiliated Leverkusen, a mere sparring for Barça. Leo is a joy for any football fan.”

Kicker: ‘Record failure, Messi destroys Bayer’ and ‘Messi, the Kaiser of the Champions League’ said the German daily. Leo is “simply unique and extraordinary”

Daily Mirror: ‘Five stars, from another planet’

The Telegraph: ‘Messi makes history in the Champions League’

ARGENTINA

Olé: ‘Picasso,’ “Leo scores five goals (!) against the German runner-up (...) for two of his goals he chipped the keeper, he keeps on breaking records.”

Muy Buenos Aires: ‘More than Diego’

BRAZIL

Folha de Sao Paulo: ‘Messi 5 x Neymar 3’

MEXICO

Récord: ‘Messi is turning into a Semidio5 [Semigod]’ - “Leo keeps on demonstrating that he’s the best in the world. We’re running out of adjectives to describe his performances.”

Eco: ‘Unique’ plus a large photo of the Argentine led on the cover of the news source. “If there were any doubts about who he is, right now, the best player in the world, Messi scored five goals against Leverkusen yesterday.”

COLOMBIA

El Universal: ‘Give me 5 Messi’ plus a photo of Leo and Piqué led the South American daily. “Crushing record for the Argentine.”

HONDURAS

Diez: ‘Messi’s fifth symphony’

EL SALVADOR

El Gráfico: ‘Godly hand’ said the Central American daily. “He scored all types of goals to make history.”

PERU

El Líbero: ‘He’s from another planet.’ “Messi confirmed that he’s from another galaxy and he scored five, yes, five ‘pepaza’ that took Barça to the quarter-finals.”

SPAIN

Sport: ‘The little hand of God,’ plus a photo of the Argentinian after the 7-1 rout.

Mundo Deportivo: ‘The hand of God’

El 9Esportiu: ‘Alien’

MARCA: ‘The little hand of God.’ Leo Messi “is the first player to score five goals in one Champions League game.”(via FCBarcelona.com)