Did you see what young Argentine Leo Messi did to Arsenal in the second leg of Barcelona’s Champions League quarterfinal? How about a hat trick in a 21-minute span in the first half?
Not good enough? Well he added a fourth goal in the 88th minute of the 4-1 win to advance Barca to the semis against Inter Milan, which handled CSKA Moscow.
Four goals. Unbelievable. Gunners coach Arsene Wenger called the kid the best in the world.
He’s just 22 years old and he has the soccer world in his hand. Personally I can’t wait to see him on the biggest stage in the World Cup (though his production at the national team level has left much to be desired).
I’ve embedded highlights of the match at the bottom, but until then, some links:
- Here’s my story on a pair of unheralded Sounders FC superstars Osvaldo Alonso and Jhon Kennedy Hurtado. Also some week three power rankings.
- Kasey Keller updated his blog after the team’s loss to New York.
- Be sure to check this one out: our old friend Jose Miguel Romero has started his own blog! It’s going to be a daily stop for me. But that’s not all, he also had a story on SBI.
- Some MLS personnel links: Houston’s Brian Ching is out a while with that hamstring injury, Chivas USA signs Costa Rican defender Dario Delgado on loan, Columbus star Guillermo Barros Schelotto denies the links to Boca Juniors and, finally, Kyle Beckerman is set to get a new deal with Real Salt Lake.
- Other random bits, here’s a story on the Millwall-Boston connection. Word is ratings for Manchester United-Chelsea trumped all other ESPN broadcasts (including Seattle-Philadelphia) and here’s the world on more MLS targets.
- Here’s a nice tribute to Charlie Davies.
- Former USMNT great Claudio Reyna was hired as the youth technical director for the U.S. Soccer Federation.
- Lastly, ESPN has won the mobile rights to EPL highlights in England and here’s a story of Mexican story receiving some extortion threats.
And as promised, the majesty of Messi.