UK Back Pages: 'Genius' Lionel Messi Is Hailed for Defeating Arsenal

Sean SwabyUK Staff WriterFebruary 23, 2016

Barcelona players Neymar, left, and Luis Suarez celebrate after Lionel Messi, centre, scored the opening goal during the soccer Champions League round of 16 first leg soccer match between Arsenal and Barcelona at the Emirates stadium in London, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
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Arsenal's faint dreams of knocking off UEFA Champions League holders Barcelona went up in flames on Tuesday evening, as a late Lionel Messi double was enough to give the visitors a commanding 2-0 advantage heading back to the Camp Nou. 

Messi finished off a brilliant counter-attack in the 72nd minute and then won a penalty and calmly converted it to put Arsenal to the sword. 

All of the talk in Wednesday's papers focuses on the round of 16's glamour tie and Messi's brilliant play to put Barcelona's foot in the door to the quarter-finals and the Gunners on the brink of another round-of-16 exit. 

"Another Fine Messi," "Genius" and "Messed Up" are phrases used to describe his display. 

Wednesday's Daily Star back page:
Messed Up #tomorrowspaperstoday #bbcpapers pic.twitter.com/YcskEDG7PJ

— Nick Sutton (@suttonnick) February 23, 2016

Wednesday's Daily Express back page:
Gone in 16 seconds#tomorrowspaperstoday #bbcpapers pic.twitter.com/NgTO2rUBDe

— Nick Sutton (@suttonnick) February 23, 2016

Wednesday's Daily Mirror back page:
Look away Nou#tomorrowspaperstoday #bbcpapers pic.twitter.com/KtUHWoYmbE

— Nick Sutton (@suttonnick) February 23, 2016

Wednesday's Independent Sport:
Another fine Messi show#tomorrowspaperstoday #bbcpapers pic.twitter.com/idppdkw5Sh

— Nick Sutton (@suttonnick) February 23, 2016

Wednesday's Times back page:
Arsenal bow to a genius#tomorrowspaperstoday #bbcpapers pic.twitter.com/xsJVBSV0Zb

— Nick Sutton (@suttonnick) February 23, 2016

Wednesday's Sun back page:
Another fine Messi #tomorrowspaperstoday #bbcpapers pic.twitter.com/AXDZ0WEhUo

— Nick Sutton (@suttonnick) February 23, 2016

Wednesday's Daily Mail back page:
Another fine Messi#tomorrowspaperstoday #bbcpapers pic.twitter.com/APYLBrs7xL

— Nick Sutton (@suttonnick) February 23, 2016 

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