Barcelona Star Lionel Messi Hails 'Beautiful' Performance Against Panathinaikos

Lionel Messi was pleased with Barcelona's win against Panathinaikos on Tuesday...
Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi has admitted the Blaugrana were almost perfect in the scintillating win over Panathinaikos in their Champions League opener on Tuesday evening.

The Spanish champions won 5-1 with the Argentina international scoring twice but Messi also missed a penalty. Speaking to Uefa.com, the 23-year-old said that he was frustrated at not scoring from the spot but expressed his delight at having helped his side to a win.

"I am a bit angry at myself for missing that penalty but the important thing was that the team won a big match," Messi said. "We played excellently, we continually created chances throughout the game, and to be truthful I know that I could have scored a couple more in total.

"We got over going 1-0 down really quickly and from the moment that it was 1-1, I really think that we played almost perfect football. The best was just before half-time when I played wall-passes with Xavi and then Pedro – it turned into a beautiful piece of play."

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