Capello: Messi is an absolute genius

Fabio Capello lavished praise on Leo Messi after Barcelona’s Champions League second leg draw with Paris Saint-Germain.

The Blaugrana crashed out of Europe thanks to a 5-2 aggregate scoreline, but that didn’t stop the ex-England boss from praising the ability of the Argentinian.

“The Leo we saw against PSG is a phenomenon that was only stopped by Marquinhos and Keylor Navas,” he told Sky Sport.

“Nonetheless, he’s a unique footballer.

“He showed once again that he has something other players don’t and that he is an absolute genius.

“Other players may win the Ballon d’Or – like Cristiano Ronaldo – but Messi is a genius because of the things he does with such speed and quality that others can’t even compute.

“He uses his feet like others use their hands.

“Against PSG I saw a great Messi and a good Barcelona side.”

Capello came back to the subject of Ronaldo when discussing Juventus’ exit from the Champions League.

The Portuguese has been blamed for his role in Porto’s winning goal against the Old Lady, turning his back in the wall and letting Sergio Oliveira’s strike go underneath and past Wojciech Szczesny into the net.

“When you’re in the wall you can’t be scared of being hit,” Capello said.

“It’s a terrible, unforgivable error.

“When you’re setting up the wall you ask the players if they’re scared and to say so if they are.

“Juventus have gone out because they had two players in the wall [Ronaldo and Alvaro Morata] who turned their back on the ball.

“It’s not the keeper’s fault.

“No one who is scared of getting hit should ever be in a wall.”


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