Mats Hummels – “Lionel Messi is the best footballer”

28th November, 2019

Mats Hummels said Lionel Messi is the best footballer he has ever seen after the Barcelona superstar ran Borussia Dortmund ragged in the Champions League.

Messi scored once and assisted two others as Barca eased past Dortmund 3-1 and into the last 16 at Camp Nou on Wednesday.

It was a memorable 700th Barca outing for Messi, who set up Luis Suarez for the 29th-minute opener before his team-mate returned the favour four minutes later.

Five-time Ballon d’Or winner Messi then teed up substitute Antoine Griezmann with 23 minutes remaining to cap a stellar display, prompting high praise from Dortmund defender Hummels.

“In top form, Messi is the best footballer I have ever seen – period,” Hummels, who gave the ball away for Messi’s goal, said post-game.

“We were not good enough to beat Barcelona today. We only created three or four real chances.”

Hummels added: “It was not a bad game, but not a very good one. Barcelona were excellent though. Messi is always dangerous, of course.

“We had a really bad spell after that first goal, with my bad pass that led to their second goal.”

The result left Dortmund third and level on seven points with second-placed Inter heading into the final matchday in Group F.

Dortmund face Slavia Prague on December 10, while Inter welcome group winners Barca to Milan on the same day.

Barcelona star Lionel Messi broke a Champions League record by scoring against a 34th different team with his goal at home to Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday.

Messi doubled Barca’s lead after setting up Luis Suarez’s opener in the Group F clash at Camp Nou.

Dortmund became the 34th side against which Messi has scored in the Champions League as the Argentina forward surpassed a mark he had shared with Cristiano Ronaldo and Raul.

Messi received a neat pass from Suarez before calmly converting past Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Burki in the 33rd minute.

The 32-year-old only equalled Ronaldo and Raul last month, when he netted in a 2-1 win over Slavia Prague.

Messi also set up Antoine Griezmann for Barcelona’s third as they sealed qualification.