Messi just like Maradona – Sacchi

The ex-Italy coach believes the Barcelona star is a “true football genius” after his man-of-the-match display on Wednesday night

Arrigo Sacchi says Lionel Messi just like Diego Maradona after watching the Barcelona star’s masterclass in the Champions League win over Bayern Munich.

The 27-year-old scored twice in his side’s 3-0 win in the first leg of their semi-final tie at Camp Nou on Wednesday, before creating Neymar’s goal that effectively decided the tie.

“Messi has overcome a difficult period and has found back his extraordinary form,” Sacchi was quoted as saying by La Gazzetta dello Sport.

“He is a unique and very complete player. He is a lethal finisher, but he is also able to drop into midfield and help the team.

“It is impossible to man-mark someone like him. The entire team and tactics have to be perfect in order to keep him quiet.

“We are looking at a true football genius. He is like Maradona. There is no one around in the game with his abilities.”

The Barcelona forward has netted 53 goals in 51 appearances in all competitions in 2014-15.