Juventus legend Christian Vieri praised Barcelona’s Lionel Messi as soccer’s Harry Potter.
Messi aided Ousmane Dembele’s deflected opening and turned the penalty back as Barcelona won 2-0 over Juventus in the Champions League on Wednesday.
The six-time Ballon d’Or winner scored five primary passes and 65 passes in the opposition half as Barca improved to six points in Group G.
Vieri, who won Serie A with Juve in 1996-97 and was a 49-time Italian international, praised Messi’s contribution to Turin.
“An incredible Barcelona, there was no game. They could score six, seven easy goals. They played great,” he told CBS Sports.
“Messi is a wizard, he’s a soccer Harry Potter, and when he stops playing, I throw away my TVs. I’m not going to work on TV anymore, I’m going to watch Netflix, that’s it, because when he stops there’s nothing else to watch.”
Since Messi’s first championship of the Champions League in 2004-2005, only Cristiano Ronaldo (38) has contributed more to the competition than his 35.
Argentina’s international enabled Barca to dominate as Juve – who had Merih Demiral sent off in the 85th minute – failed to register a target shot in the Champions League home game for the first time since 2003-04 – when Opta had the data available.
Juventus forward Alvaro Morata amazingly had three goals thrown out during the match.