Italian striker Mario Balotelli hailed Barcelona skipper Lionel Messi after his majestic show against Liverpool in the semifinals of Champions League on Wednesday night. Messi scored a brace to take his team to the victory line with 3-0 win, and Balotelli who is very vocal about his views shared a message on his Instagram story to praise the Barcelona winger.

The Olympique Marseille forward shared his views and wrote people to not compare Messi with Ronaldo.

“For the good of football, please don’t compare him to Juve’s number 7 again,” Balotelli posted.

Barcelona who were outplayed by the Premier League giants in most part of the game managed to beat them owing to only one man i.e. Messi, who also scored his 600-club goal with a sublime free-kick that led football fraternity to praise him.

Balotelli was once a fierce striker in Europe, but injury and inconsistency hurt his reputation big time. The Italian striker has also played for Manchester City in past and recently he got his place back in the national squad in the upcoming UEFA Nations League.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was clueless after the match as he said it was the best game Liverpool has played in Champions League in past two years, but they didn’t manage to score any goal.

“I think that it was the best we have played in the Champions League, including last year,” Klopp said. “We had good chances and caused them real trouble. The problem is that we didn’t score a goal.”

Other than the Champions League headache for Klopp, the Premier League race is also quite tight as they are one point below Manchester City. A slip for either side could see the opposition clinch the title as there are only two more rounds yet to be played in the English league.

While Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde was in full praise of Messi after a blistering win.

“We know what Messi can do but he does not stop surprising us,” Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said. “He has made the difference again and pushed us to victory.”

The next match of the tie will be played at the Anfield on May 8th where Liverpool will look redeem themselves against Messi’s Barcelona.