Argentine footballer Lionel Messi on Wednesday netted his 600th goal for Barcelona following a brace against Liverpool in the first leg of the Champions League semifinals. Following another remarkable achievement, social media was flooded with congratulatory messages for the 31-year-old. Brazilian football legend Pele also extended his wishes to Messi for the historic landmark.Also Read - Karim Benzema Leads Ballon d'Or Nomination, Lionel Messi Left Out
Barcelona’s masterclass against Liverpool was mainly aided by the Messi and Suarez, leaving the Premier League title contender in tatters. Former Liverpool man, Suarez opened the scoring in the first half, following which Messi scored two, including a stunning 30-yard free-kick. Also Read - FC Barcelona Coach Xavi Wants President Joan Laporta to Make Lionel Messi Transfer Possible in 2023- Report
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The five-time Balon’Dor winner’s performance left the audiences awestruck. After the match, Pele paid tribute to the striker. He posted on Twitter: “I would like to congratulate you, Lionel Messi, for your 600th goal. What a way to score it. Sensational.”
Liverpool head coach Jurgen Klopp also labeled Messi as the greatest ever.
“Messi would be for me, as a player I saw, the number one. Cristiano Ronaldo is for sure in that as well and all the rest we have to see.” Klopp had said on Tuesday. “It’s not only about Messi but of course it’s about him as well. We should in a lot of moments focus on Messi but if we only concentrate on him there are 10 world class players who can decide the game.”
“Messi said before the season we want to bring back that cup. All I can say is we want to go the final as well. If we can show that tomorrow night, that would be good.” Klopp added.
Messi and his Barcelona side are on track to win the treble after already having sealed the La Liga as they are in the finals of the Copa Del Rey and one match away with a 3-0 advantage for teh Champions League final.