Last updated: 7 april, 2010 - 11:50 GMT

Is Lionel Messi the world's best footballer?

Barcelona's Argentinian footballer Lionel Messi (R) chips the ball over Arsenal's goalkepper to score his hat-trick during the Championship League match at Barcelona on April 6 2010

Lionel Messi has scored 39 goals so far this season

After a dazzling performance for Barcelona during the Champions League quarter-finals, footballer Lionel Messi is fast-gaining a reputation as the world's best football player.

Barcelona beat Arsenal 4-1 at their home stadium Camp Nou, cruising into the semi-finals of the Champions League with a 6-3 score on aggregate.

Lionel Messi, European and World footballer of the year, scored all four of Barcelona's goals.

Guillem Balague is the international football correspondent for the Spanish sports newspaper AS.

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First broadcast 7 April 2010

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