'This guy is a god': Fans react to Messi's majestic free-kick as Barca star hits 600th goal
The superlatives were in full flow on social media as Barcelona's Lionel Messi hit his 600th goal for the club with a stunning free-kick against Liverpool in their 3-0 first-leg Champions League semi-final win at the Camp Nou.
Messi netted twice on the night, dribbling into an empty net after Luis Suarez hit the crossbar to put Barca 2-0 up. But it was the little Argentinian's second goal of the night that had social media buzzing.
Messi stepped up and planted a 25-yard free-kick perfectly into the top left-hand corner, leaving Liverpool keeper Alisson Becker grasping at air as Barca went 3-0 up in the tie.
OH MY 🤯😂LIONEL MESSI YOU ARE NOT FROM THIS EARTH!!!!!What a way to score your 600th goal for Barcelona 🔥🔥🔥We are not worthy. pic.twitter.com/9QTZ0iycSH— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) May 1, 2019
The Barcelona skipper's sublime set-piece strike was the moment of the night as Barcelona secured a significant first-leg lead to take to the return leg at Anfield.
And fans flocked to social media to pay tribute to Messi's superb second strike as he reached 600 Barca goals in fine style.
One fan tweeted: "This guy is a god," while another gushed: "Greatest player of our generation. All hail the king Messi."
Messi's landmark achievement saw him become only the seventh player in history to score 600 goals for a single club, joining Josef Bican, Ferenc Puskas, Pele, Gerd Muller, Romario and Cristiano Ronaldo on that exclusive list.
Lionel Messi has scored 600 career club goals, the seventh player in history to reach the milestone!Cristiano RonaldoPeléRomárioJosef BicanGerd MüllerFerenc PuskásUNREAL free kick! #Messi600 🐐 pic.twitter.com/iYYro2ES1K— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) May 1, 2019
Leicester City midfielder James Maddison was watching the game live on television and tweeted: "I'm honestly so grateful to be in the same era as Lionel Messi and to watch him live on my television."
Im honestly so grateful to be in the same era as Lionel Messi and to watch him live on my television 😂🐐— James Maddison (@Madders10) May 1, 2019
Former professional player Stephen Elliott concurred, saying: "Messi and Messi only is the reason this game has finished 3-0. There is nothing and nobody ever who has even been close to being as good as him!"
Former Liverpool defender and football pundit Jim Beglin paid tribute to Messi's performance, which helped turn a very close, competitive game into a landslide win for Barca.
Messi ended up making the gap look a lot bigger than it truly was. A tough one for #LFC to take.— Jim Beglin (@jimbeglin) May 1, 2019
And broadcaster BT Sport, who broadcast the game live in the UK, tweeted a final thought that just about sums it all up.
"This is Lionel Messi's world, we're just living in it."