Lionel Messi's five-goal performance against Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League has elicited a fresh wave of accolades and praise from fans, journalists and even fellow footballers.
Wayne Rooney expressed his admiration for the Argentine by tweeting, "Messi is a joke. For me the best ever." Retired Ronaldo, went a more sweary, but equally flattering comment on Messi's performance, though. The translation of Ronaldo's tweet (with the help of Google Translate):
"Hide the children Twitter: Messi plays like a mother[expletive]."
That just might be the highest praise a Brazilian has ever given an Argentine footballer. Pele, meanwhile, won't be impressed until Messi scores 1,283 goals in a single match.