London, Mar 30 (ANI): Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger knows that his players face a monumental task trying to stop Barcelona superstar Leo Messi ahead of their crucial Champions League clash.
The Argentinian World Player of the Year poses a big threat to the Gunners’ Champions League dream.
European Champions Barcelona comes to the Emirates tomorrow with Messi in explosive form ahead of the quarterfinal. And Wenger readily reveals he is in awe of the Argentina genius.
“You go to football to watch players like Messi. What he does is so beautiful it becomes art. What he does at his age, has never been seen before,” The Sun quoted Wenger, as saying.
“To take the ball in the middle of the pitch and go score goals like he was in the school playground, it is just incredible. I was thinking a couple of years ago he couldn’t go any higher, but I am conscious that today, he’s on another planet,” he said.
Messi was crowned European and World Player of the Year after leading Barcelona to an historic Treble last year.
He scored 38 goals, including the clincher in the 2-0 Champions League final triumph over holders Manchester United in Rome.
This year he is again favourite to retain the World Player of the Year title – with United’s Wayne Rooney his main rival.
Messi already has 32 goals this term, including back-to-back La Liga hat tricks and a Champions League brace against Stuttgart in recent weeks. (ANI)