The Barcelona magician sealed a 1-0 victory in a close encounter against Los Rojiblancos at the Wanda Metropolitano when he came up with an unbelievable curling finish in the 85th minute after conjuring a one-two with Luis Suarez.
And after the game, the legendary Iker Casillas could not resist but hail Messi. The Spaniard spent many years playing with Cristiano Ronaldo when the Portuguese maestro was at Real Madrid, but was more than happy to admit that Messi is the best to ever play the game.
Fórmula para el fútbol : portero 🔝 & jugador 🐐. Hoy se han llevado los 3 puntos del Wanda el Barça. El Atleti ha jugado bien pero le ha faltado definir las ocasiones. Los blaugranas siguen en lo alto de la clasificación. El Atlético, a luchar por la zona Champions @LaLiga— Iker Casillas (@IkerCasillas) December 1, 2019
“Formula for football: goalkeeper 🔝 (top) & player 🐐 (GOAT). Today Barca took the three points at Wanda Metropolitano. Atletico have played well but lacked composure in front of goal. Blaugrana remain top of the league. Atletico have to fight for the Champions League zone,” Casillas tweeted, hinting that he believes Messi is the GOAT (Greatest of All-Time).
Meanwhile, after the game, Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone and players Thomas Partey and Koke also hailed Messi for his magic on the pitch.
🗣️ — Thomas Partey (Atlético): "You can't compare a team that has Messi to another team which doesn't."— mx (@LeooMessi10i) December 1, 2019
🗣️ — Diego Simeone: "Barcelona win because they have the best ever."
🗣️ — Koke: "We deserved to win but when the opponent has Messi, there is nothing you can do." pic.twitter.com/Q1Z0nbfGvO
"Because with a great goal like that, all you can do is applaud," Simeone said, as per the Evening Standard.
He continued, "The move, when the counter-attack started, had the smell of great danger. He (Messi) scored a 'golazo'. Barca handle that situation very well. And they scored a 'golazo'. When [Luis] Suarez and Messi are in a dangerous situation, they rarely fail."
Messi is expected to win a record-breaking sixth Ballon d'Or at the coveted ceremony in Paris today, with the 32-year old tipped to beat Virgil van Dijk and Cristiano Ronaldo to the greatest footballing individual accolade.