"He tricked us all with the goal, it's incredible how good he is, he seems to play better with every game," midfielder Philippe Coutinho told reporters. Coutinho, who also mastered the under-the-wall free kick while playing for former club Liverpool, netted a cracking first league goal for Barca in the second half while Luis Suarez hit a hat-trick. Yet it was Messi who took the bulk of the praise for the mesmeric attacking display, in addition to wowing his team mates with his enterprising set-piece strike.
? Free-Kick 25 Yards Out? Wall Jumps Up.... ? ...Puts It Under The Wall ? Lionel Messi, Ladies & Gentleman (? @SkySports)https://t.co/QvDT5m2sjm — SPORF (@Sporf) February 24, 2018
"It's difficult to get used to things like this. You think he has done everything and then he goes and surprises you like that," said coach Valverde. "We were waiting to see how the wall would cope with him and then he goes and puts it under it. Then when you see it happen you think 'ah, of course.' Leo makes it look easy, but it isn't easy." Barca midfielder Sergio Busquets added: "He always makes the difference, and that's what makes him the best player in the world and the best in football history."
Look at what he does. The passing, the vision, the technique, the free-kick, his other goal, the one he set up. Yes there are stronger sides than Girona, but Girona beat Real Madrid and drew twice with Atleti. And Messi does these things against everyone...— Ben Hayward (@bghayward) February 24, 2018