Lionel Messi is Barcelona's comic book hero: Luis Enrique

Following their 2-0 win over the visiting Athletic Bilbao, Barcelona coach Luis Enrique heaped praise on Lionel Messi. Enrique said that the Argentine is their comic book hero and can do things that people can't do on a Playstation video game. The coach also felt that manga super-hero Captain Tsubasa aka Flash Kicker would struggle to match Messi's magic.

By Jayanta Oinam | Last Updated: Sep 14, 2014, 21:38 PM IST
Lionel Messi is Barcelona's comic book hero: Luis Enrique

New Delhi: Following their 2-0 win over the visiting Athletic Bilbao, Barcelona coach Luis Enrique heaped praise on Lionel Messi. Enrique said that the Argentine is their comic book hero and can do things that people can't do on a Playstation video game. The coach also felt that manga super-hero Captain Tsubasa aka Flash Kicker would struggle to match Messi's magic.

On Saturday, Messi assisted Neymar to score both the goals at Camp Nou and helped Barca occupy top spot in la Liga standing. Messi, himself is only two goals away from completing a historic 400 strike for both country and club.

After the match, Enrique said that "Messi isn’t only the best for his goals but for his assists. If he wanted to be the best defender around he would be.” The former Roma boss extolled, "He does things that I've not seen Captain Tsubasa do or what can be done on a Playstation video game - they border on the unimaginable.”

Known for his versatile role during his eight-year stay at Camp Nou, 44-year-old Enrique was roped in as the club manager, to replace an otherwise struggling Gerardo Martino at the helm. The Barca legend added it's a privilege the see Messi in action. "We're used to it now but it's still a privilege to have the world's best player in your team," he added.

Neymar, who scored both the goals, also joined their coach in hailing the four-time World Player of the Year. The Brazilian said, "Messi is the best in the world. He is a star and I am improving with him."

After the third round of matches, Barcelona are on top of the table with nine points, two ahead of champions Atletico Madrid who beat city rivals Real at Santiago Bernabeu 2-1 on Saturday. Barcelona had a horrible season last term, failing to win a single title. Besides, the club also witnessed the death of their coach and beloved figure Tito Vilanova.

With Agency inputs