Let Us Now Praise Leo Messi

We haven’t covered Lionel Messi‘s white-hot form for Barca this season, because it’s not really on our beat (see above), but after yesterday’s four-goal display against Arsenal in the Champions League quarterfinals, we can no longer resist.

Added to his season-long performance—which has included a three-game stretch in which he scored three goals in one game, two and an assist in the next, and then three in the game after that—it puts him firmly in soccer’s pantheon alongside the likes of Pelé, Maradona, and Zidane. Enjoy (before a UEFA copyright claim blacks it out):

“Le souper hat-trick! Le souper hat-trick! Le souper hat-trick!”