There is an underlying notion among some football fans that if you take Lionel Messi out of the Barcelona system, he is a mortal.
When Messi scored two goals at the Camp Nou on route to give Barcelona a commanding 3-0 first leg win, his greatness was incomparable.
Italian superstar Mario Balotelli said, only dumb people will bother comparing him to Cristiano Ronaldo now at Juventus.
A three-goal advantage was forfeited at Anfield in less than a week, as Jurgen Klopp’s army without Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino ran riot.
Over the course of Messi’s career, Barcelona has been his fortress, while he struggled on international duty with Argentina.
Comparison with Ronaldo
Five Ballon dór awards and numerous goalscoring accolades, Messi’s hunt for the pinnacle of success is not yet over.
If Messi is to be regarded as the greatest ever, he must eliminate the argument of Ronaldo having a better career.
The Portugues captain has won the Champions League in England, won four in Spain with Real Madrid and if he is able to win at Juventus, from a historical point of view Messi’s mesmerizing qualities will not be able to save him in a argument by his most loyal supporters that Ronaldo’s greatness defined their era.
Ronaldo enjoying a triumph with the Portuguese national team at Euro 2016 coupled with a possible win at the UEFA Nations League this summer.
Messi’s failings on the international scene will dwarf Ronaldo’s achievements while his laurels with Barcelona will be inferior to his rival glory hunting across the major league in Europe.
His most loyal supporters always stated in his defence that his greatness with Barcelona overcomes any shortcomings he had with Argentina.
Messi’s struggles with the Argentine national team has been well documented, failing when it matters most at the 2014 FIFA World Cup as well as consecutive defeats in the 2015 and 2016 Copa America finals on penalties against Chile.
While his career on the international scene might be in tatters, Messi is widely regarded as one of the greatest players to have ever graced the game.,
Rated highly alongside Pele, Maradona and modern-day rival Cristiano Ronaldo, Messi for Barcelona has been nothing short of iconic.
Messi has been able to set the bar of consistency high to which other players are referred to as mere mortals.
With several leagues and Copa del Rey titles, he has ushered in an era of Barcelona dominating Spanish football.
From a protégé to Ronaldinho, Messi has reinvented the history books at Barcelona, with multiple trophies, 600 goals, and counting.
However, this latest set back at Anfield has called question to his leadership qualities for Barcelona, which is not helped by their exit against AS Roma in the last season edition of the Champions League.