“Messi finishes as if he were playing on the school playground”

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Sometimes it’s worth wondering whether part of the Barcelona manager interview process includes the line, “Do you promise not to tire of finding new ways to describe Lionel Messi’s brilliance?”

The Argentine wizard netted his seventh UEFA Champions League hat trick on Wednesday, helping to bury mistake-prone Manchester City 4-0 at the Camp Nou.

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And his manager, Luis Enrique, took his match description back to recess.

From Sky Sports:

“He was decisive,” Luis Enrique said after the game. “He was involved in all the game’s key moments.”

“Messi finishes as if he were playing on the school playground. It doesn’t matter if he’s coming off an injury. It’s just the way he processes the game.”

Yes, Manchester City opened the door for Messi on two of his three goals, but even some of the best strikers aren’t clinical in their finishing.

Then again, there’s a difference between “some of the best” and “the best”, especially on important match days.