Diego Simeone’s Reaction To Lionel Messi’s Stunning Goal Is Genuinely Priceless
Diego Simeone quickly flipped between pure frustration to full praise as Lionel Messi scored a sublime late winner against Atletico Madrid.
The 32-year-old Argentine superstar stunned the Wanda Metropolitano on Sunday when his curled effort beat Jan Oblak from the edge of the box with four minutes remaining.
And footage has emerged online of Simeone on the touchline as he screamed to his team to stop the Barcelona threat.
The Atletico boss went from anger at his side's failure to not concede to applauding Messi for his quality strike as he walked back to the dugout.
Barcelona were fortunate enough not to concede thanks to a superb performance from Marc-Andre ter Stegen, who magnificently denied Mario Hermoso and Alvaro Morata.
Messi's winner against Atletico has taken his goalscoring tally to 11 for the season.
Barca boss Ernesto Valverde hailed the influence of the five-time Ballon d'Or winner, saying that he is "infallible."
He explained: "Leo is infallible when he runs. Because he has an open radar. Everyone makes runs and he decides. In this case, he finished off the move.
"The best players are the ones who can counter-attack the best. Messi has sufficient technique and, in those situations, he's infallible."
Valverde continued to heap praise on Messi by insisting that he has an "ambition and a sense of obligation with the club, which you see in every game."
The Barca boss said: "I'd like to have an explanation about Leo.
"The talent he has. But not just that. Because there are a lot of people with talent. Leo's can be seen always.
"He has an ambition and a sense of obligation with the club, which you see in every game."
Following on from the clash, Real Madrid legend Iker Casillas called Messi the best player of all time.
Barcelona have climbed to the top of La Liga with their victory over Atletico, but they are level on points with fierce rivals Real Madrid.
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