Ahead of a landmark 300th La Liga appearance, Lionel Messi drew glowing praise from Barcelona head coach Luis Enrique. Luis Enrique paid tribute to Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi ahead of his 300th La Liga appearance, describing the forward as “from a different planet.”
The Argentina captain has been the flag bearer for
Barcelona for the best part of the last decade,
scoring an incredible 266 Liga goals – a record in
Spain’s top tier.
Messi, widely recognised as one of the top two
players of his generation alongside Real Madrid’s
Cristiano Ronaldo, has won six league titles, two
Copa del Rey trophies and three UEFA Champions
League medals during his time at Camp Nou.
And Barca head coach Luis Enrique credited Messi’s
ability to stay on top despite the high level of quality
of modern football.
“Leo Messi’s stats are from a different galaxy not just
in how he scores but the way he supplies assists,” he
said ahead of Barca’s home Liga clash with Levante
“Also, the titles, he was won individually and as a
team, I think football is evolving towards a greater
psychological and technical development.
“There’s less space now, Messi has no space or time
and it is much more difficult – players needs to be
much better developed. It’s much harder to score
goals in modern football.”
Messi’s recent form has been top drawer and the
forward has 11 goals in 10 appearances across all
competitions in 2015.
It remains to be seen whether Messi will play against
Levante, though, with Luis Enrique possibly
contemplating resting him and fellow stars Neymar
and Luis Suarez after a busy fixture schedule.
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