Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde hailed his captain after Lionel Messi broke a LaLiga record in a derby demolition of Espanyol on Saturday.
Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets feels a sublime display against Catalan rivals Espanyol showed Lionel Messi is the world's best player.
Starring in a 4-0 Catalan derby thrashing of Espanyol, Lionel Messi scored two free-kicks in a LaLiga game for the first time.
Days after being voted the fifth best player in the world, Lionel Messi scored two world-class free-kicks in a derby thumping of Espanyol.
After opening the scoring with a stunning free-kick away to Catalan rivals Espanyol, Lionel Messi has set yet another LaLiga record.
Espanyol have lost just once at home this season and Ernesto Valverde expects Barcelona to find it hard work in Saturday's derby.
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Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino revealed Lionel Messi almost joined him at Espanyol.