Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Harry Winks has described Lionel Messi as ‘completing football’ after his virtuoso performance at Wembley.
The Argentine star excelled in Wednesday’s 4-2 victory for Barcelona as they took control of their Champions League group with six points from two games.
“The result isn't what we wanted and it takes away a lot of the excitement and enjoyment of the game,” Winks is quoted as saying by ESPN FC.
“But in years to come when I look back and say I played against, in my opinion, the greatest player to ever play football, it's a proud moment.
“The only way I can really describe it is he's just completed football. The man just knows where everybody is.
“His weight of pass is exceptional. He's just special. But everyone has said that for years. Everyone who has played against him has said the same thing.
“For me, it was a special moment to play against a player like that. But it's always disheartening to lose the game. I'm gutted.
“I learnt a lot from it. I'll watch the game back, I'll dissect my game. There were times when I gave the ball away sloppily, which wasn't good enough.
“But I'll learn from that and ultimately I'll just try to improve my own game.
“Rubbing shoulders with players like [Ivan] Rakitic and [Sergio] Busquets is always a good lesson.
“You're talking about players who have played at the highest level for many years, so to play against them, it's special. You pick up things they do and it's nice to test myself in those situations.”