Lyon Captain Nabil Fekir Perfectly Sums Up What It's Like To Come Up Against Lionel Messi
Nabil Fekir has described Lionel Messi as "history's best player" after he and the rest of the Lyon side felt the wrath of the five-time Ballon d'Or at the Nou Camp.
The Ligue One outfit were able to contain him in the first leg, where Messi drew a blank in a 0-0 draw at the Groupama Stadium.
But on his own turf Messi ran the show once again, having an involvement in four out of the five goals the Blaugrana scored as they thumped Lyon 5-1 and progressed to the Champions League quarter finals for the 12th consecutive season.
Lyon were in the game at 2-1 when Lucas Tousart struck in the 58th minute but Messi soon turned it on. Having already bagged a Panenka penalty to open the scoring, he notched an archetypal solo goal and set up strikes for Gerard Pique and Ousmane Dembele to round off the win.
Two of the most disrespectful goals you're likely to see on a Champions League night with a couple of assists too just for good measure from the goat! :raised_hands: @btsport pic.twitter.com/8Crfo7Xr0A- Jermaine Jenas (@jjenas8) March 14, 2019
Lyon skipper Fekir felt his team didn't even play that bad, unfortunately they just came up against an utter genius who they could not cope with.
Speaking after the game, as per El Periodico, he said: "We played a good game but history's best player made it impossible for us. When he's not scoring he's assisting. When he's not assisting he's play-making. It was impossible. He is impossible."
Nabil Fekir on Messi: "When he's not scoring,he's assisting. When he's not assisting,he's playmaking.- Premier League Panel (@PremLeaguePanel) March 13, 2019
We played a good game but history's best player made it impossible."
The fact Messi is one of the best ever playmakers,wingers & goalscorers rolled into one, is why he's the :goat: pic.twitter.com/qXOdtrF91w
A perfect summary of just how complete Messi really is. Just the 55 goals and assists for the Argentine in all competitions this term, which is just plain silly really.
Messi was asked about who he wants in tomorrow's quarter final draw and stressed the quality of the teams, giving props to Ajax for their sensational win over holders Real Madrid.
"All of the opponents are complicated," the 31-year old stated, as per MARCA.
"Ajax, for example, showed that they're an amazing team of youngsters and they don't fear anyone. It'll be difficult no matter who we face.
"We have to prepare ourselves for a tough challenge."