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'Messi is God': Can Man Utd stop Barca's divine talent?

(CNN)"Bring it on" was the rallying cry from Chris Smalling as the Manchester United defender was confronted with the reality of facing Lionel Messi in Wednesday's Champions League quarterfinal.With Smalling likely to start at the heart of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's defense and Messi intent on performing the role immortalized by his unparalleled phenomenon, the pair will -- by the game's close -- be well-acquainted. To leave Messi unattended is, at best, unwise.Mikael Silvestre -- a Champions League winner during his time at Manchester United -- acknowledged that it is Messi's divine brilliance that stands in his former team's way on its path to an unlikely semifinal place."Barcelona -- except 'God' (Messi) -- is a team that you can stop over ...