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Lionel Messi Is Simply On Another Level

Barcelona faced a 2-0 deficit entering today's return leg of their Champions League tie with A.C. Milan.

Then Lionel Messi happened.

The 25-year-old striker scored two absolutely sublime goals before halftime to pull the Spanish champions back on level terms with the Italian club.

He scored the first less than five minutes into the match, whilst surrounded by virtually half of the opposing team. It was his second fastest goal in a Champions League game after a fourth-minute strike in a 2008 match against Basel. (Watch the video here.)

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Then he struck again right before halftime, slotting the ball through the legs of a defender into the back of the net. It marked his record-extending 16th brace in Champions League play, two more than Raúl's 14. (Watch the video here.)

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It bears mentioning: This was the cover of today's Diario Sport in Barcelona.

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Was it ever.

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