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FOOTIE TWEETS: All hail the Argentine pontiff….Lionel Messi

In the same week where the Catholic Church appointed an Argentine as its newest Pope, another exulted figure from the South American nation was doing the business on the football pitch.

Lionel Messi, the Barcelona maestro, produced two moments of magic as the Catalan giants came from a two-goal deficit to overrun AC Milan 4-2 on aggregate in the Champions League Round of 16 second leg.

What Messi has been able to achieve from an individual viewpoint in the past few years is something to behold, some may say God-like, and his footballing peers feel exactly the same.

Below are tributes to the great Messi who almost singlehandedly lifted the Blaugrana from a potential premature exit to restoring their favouritism for Europe's premier club competition.

First off, it was Vancouver Whitecaps captain and former Watford star Jay DeMerit:

Norwich City loanee Kei Kamara added:

Former Barcelona star Gary Lineker basically shook his head in disbelief before sharing his views on the ongoing Messi v Maradona debate

Ex-Arsenal and Tottenham youngster Rohan Ricketts felt he may have been annoying his neighbours…

Everton midfielder Darron Gibson was efficient with his adulation for the great man.

Whilst Joseph 'Joey' Barton took a philosophical approach:

Before bringing back the banter….

Later on in the week, the Marseille midfielder reverted back to his renowned wit regarding the appointment of not Messi but Pope Francis in the Vatican City.

Andrew Slevison
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