The Spaniard insisted his former team-mate has “scored much better goals” than his equaliser at Nef Stadyumu

Barcelona star Pedri labelled comparisons between himself and Lionel Messi “crazy” after his stunning solo goal against Galatasaray.

Pedris 37th-minute strike cancelled out Marcos opener in the second leg of Barcas round of 16 Europa League tie with the Turkish giants on Thursday night.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang completed the visitors comeback shortly after half-time to seal a 2-1 aggregate victory, and Pedri played down his contribution after the final whistle.

Similarities were drawn between the Spanish midfielder and Barca legend Messi on social media after his eye-catching effort against Galatasaray.

Pedri doesnt wish to be mentioned in the same bracket as his former team-mate, though, and says his latest goal was instinctive.

“No way! Messi has scored much better goals. It is crazy to compare me with Messi,” he told reporters when quizzed on the comparisons.

“I dont really remember the goal, though, so I will have to watch it back. I remember Ferran [Torres] gave me the ball, I feinted [inside] because I saw a leg coming and again, I think, until I shot.

“Things just come to me on the pitch. Im lucky in that I dont have to really think.”

Pedris modesty was not mirrored by Barca head coach Xavi, who added in his post-match press conference: “The goal is sublime. Its of real beauty, the pause in the build-up … Pedri is capable of that and much more — and hes still only 19. What a privilege. I cant praise him anymore.”

Pedri is now back to his best after a frustrating first half of 2021-22 that saw him struggle with a serious hamstring injury.

The 19-year-old, who also tested positive for coronavirus at the start of the year, has missed 24 games in total for Barca, but made his 17th appearance in all competitions against Galatasaray.

Pedri took his tally of goals to three this season with his memorable strike, and now has seven to his name from 69 outings in a Blaugrana shirt – 771 behind the clubs all-time record scorer Messi, who is now plying his trade at Paris Saint-Germain.

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