How Twitter reacted to Messi’s masterclass in Barcelona

On a night that was supposed to be about the triumphant return of Barcelona’s most successful manager, it was arguably the Catalan club’s greatest ever player that stole the headlines.

Pep Guardiola returned to the Nou Camp with a Bayern Munich side that has already wrapped up the league title in Germany.

But after a 3-0 mauling at the hands of the La Liga leaders, the Spanish coach may have to settle for just a single, solitary domestic title this season.

Here are some of the highlights from another magical night for Lionel Messi.

The statistics backed up the notion he had been, quite simply, wonderful.

What a guy.

While no appearance from the Barcelona hero would be complete without a comparison between his numbers and those of Cristiano Ronaldo, of course.

Though his first goal was impressive enough, it was his second that had football purists purring.

And after appearing to collapse under the sheer pressure of trying to defend against the Barca legend, Jerome Boateng found himself relentlessly mocked.

There was the Only Fools and Horses tribute from Bleacher Report…

And this rather imaginative effort from Rotochop…

Will Smith even got a run out…

And in the end, there were almost too many to mention.

Meanwhile, it would appear that Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp felt some kind of football-based crime had been committed on the Bayern man…

Still, Boateng was not the only Bundesliga star to come in for stick, with Manuel Neuer’s pre-match words coming back to bite him in his Bavarian behind.

Boateng did have one notable ally though…

The night belonged to one man, and one man alone, though.

Unbelievable Jeff.

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Jack Beresford

Jack Beresford is a content writer with over five years of experience in writing about sport and betting, including a two-year spell with Axonn Media. Contributes articles to HereIsTheCity and Lad Bible, while previous credits include Bwin, FTB Pro, Bleacher Report and the QBE rugby. Avid follower of tennis, rugby union, motorsport and football, Jack also writes about poker for alongside Guardian journalist Dominic Wells.