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Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes heaps praise on Lionel Messi

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Lionel Messi and Barcelona face Bayern Munich in the first leg on Tuesday.

Add Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes to those who consider Lionel Messi to be superhuman.

"He is a phenomenon. He is in the league of Zinedine Zidane, Diego Maradona, Pele and Johan Cruyff,'' Heynckes said Wednedsay. "Anyone who scores 50 goals in a season is extraterrestrial.''

After watching Messi score four goals for Barcelona against his team in a Champions League match in April 2010, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said: "He's a PlayStation.''

Bayern hosts Barcelona and Messi in the first leg of the Champions League semifinals on Tuesday.

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