What's that saying everyone's using nowadays? "Real recognize real"?
Little illustrates this better than the Twitter reaction to Lionel Messi's incredible second goal Wednesday, in which the Barcelona star effectively crossed Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng to the ground -- not unlike that Stephen Curry-on-Chris Paul play -- before chipping over goalkeeper Manuel Neuer with his weaker right foot (watch it above).
Naturally, notable names in the soccer/football world loved it:
Omg...— Didier Drogba (@didierdrogba) May 6, 2015
Whaaaaaaaaaaaaat. That Messi goal. Holy crap. I can't even.— Alex Morgan (@alexmorgan13) May 6, 2015
OMG— R.Lukaku Bolingoli10 (@RomeluLukaku9) May 6, 2015
Wooooooooow— Luke Shaw (@LukeShaw3) May 6, 2015
He's from a different planet. #Messi =O<û— Ross Barkley (@RBarkley20) May 6, 2015
The best ever. Golazo.— Jozy Altidore (@JozyAltidore) May 6, 2015
It's such a joy to watch Messi. The greatest!— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) May 6, 2015
Thank you messi.— Bentekechristian (@bentekechris20) May 6, 2015
But it didn't stop there. Over in the states, some of our biggest athletes were blown away by the move:
Messi is a monster!— Jeremy Maclin (@jmac___19) May 6, 2015
MESSI!!!! =H=H=H @FCBarcelona— Zach Ertz (@ZERTZ_86) May 6, 2015
MESSI IS BUILT DIFFERENT— Jeremy Hill (@JeremyHill33) May 6, 2015
a goal so good that it makes you laugh. What a genius— Brandon McCarthy (@BMcCarthy32) May 6, 2015
Real recognize real indeed.
Well, unless you're a fan of the other team.
Bitter— Dirk Nowitzki (@swish41) May 6, 2015