“I’m happy with the win against a tough team who are not going through the best time and that could have made things hard for us.Â I am not thinking about being league top scorer at all. The important thing is that we continue this winning run as we have Real Madrid just behind us and we know they will fight to the end.” – Lionel Messi.
“We wouldn’t be were we are if it wasn’t for Leo in our team.Â Without him we wouldn’t have won so comfortably. You always need to have players who can do something different.Â Real Madrid won 15 beacause they had Di Stefano. We have now won 16 because we have Messi.”
“He is the best player I have seen – the Di Stefano of the 21st century. It was an amazing performance from Barcelona, they are the number one side and have the capacity to hypnotise the opposition.” – Atletico coach Quique Sanchez Flores.
It was another incredible night’s work for Lionel Messi as he scored all three goals in Barcelona’s 3-0 win over Atletico Madrid, the Catalan giants record breaking 16th successive victory.
Messi has now scored 24 La Liga goals this season, two ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo and continues to perform heroics on a weekly basis.
Arguably the moment of the game though, came at the start of the second half when Messi chased compatriot Sergio Aguero back into his own half and then produced some excellent skill to hold on to the ball.
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