Messi: Barcelona are not dependent on me

Celtic coach Brendan Rodgers hailed Barcelona's Lionel Messi as probably the greatest player ever after the Argentine magician put the Scottish champions to the sword again with both goals in a 2-0 win on Wednesday night.

The brace took Messi's Champions League total to 92 goals, including nine in this season's group stages alone, and though he narrowly missed a hat-trick, his genius ensured Celtic exited all European competition while Barca will progress as group winners.

"I don't consider talk of Barca being Messi-dependent to be praise or a concern, because it's not the case", Messi said at an Adidas promotional event on Thursday.

With Barcelona's good start in on the round of 16, ESPN also noted Gerard Pique pointing out that the team's budget and players like Messi, Neymar and Suarez are enough reasons for them to beat the majority of their opponents.

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According to Rogers, the team played well tonight and followed the pattern. The Red Devils are now set to table a bid for the 20-year-old when the transfer window opens in January. "Order is the most important thing". With the crushing win over Celtic, Barcelona has finalized there in last 16 of the famous Champions League.

They then host Real Madrid in this season's first "El Clasico" on December 3.

Barca will now be looking to focus on La Liga and closing the four point gap to leaders, Real Madrid when they take on Real Sociedad on Sunday.

However, the visitors retained their potency going forward and it would have been 2-0 had Gordon not made a remarkable save from Suarez's point-blank header after Messi had reached the byline with a trademark burst of speed.

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"We have played them twice this season and we know what we are up against and we know we are in for a very tough game".

Their defeat on penalties against Chile in this year's Copa America marked their third straight final loss at a major tournament.

Messi, however, says he has learned to cope with disappointment on the global stage.

"At the time of course, I said it was very disappointing but it hasn't harmed us, if anything, it has only improved us a group and as a squad. But if you don't achieve it, at least you have to try".

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