And On The Eighth Day, God Created Lionel Messi
And Messi was good. Very good. Better than very good. He was perfect.
In the champions League semi-final first-leg between Barcelona and Liverpool overnight, the 31-year-old Argentine superstar showed us all yet again -- like we needed to be shown -- that he can do things others can't.
That free kick. The curl. The placement. No further words required.
There was literally nothing Liverpool's Brazilian goalie Alisson could have done, except perhaps to grow some go-go-Gadget arms in an awful hurry.
Even the man himself seemed stunned afterwards.
Earlier, Luis Suarez left his mark on the match too, and for once it wasn't his teeth marks. Lovely run, lovely touch, lovely everything.
But this night was all about Messi, who scored a double as Barca beat Liverpool 3-0 at the Nou Camp. Good look in the return leg at Anfield next Wednesday, Reds fans.
For the record, Messi also notched up his 600th goal for Barcelona in this game, 14 years to the day since his first -- and in 118 games fewer than it took Cristiano Ronaldo to reach the same mark.
Is this another episode in the simmering argument over whether Messi or Ronaldo is the greatest player of our generation -- and perhaps ever? Oh, you betcha.