Lionel Messi: Barcelona's Neymar & Luis Enrique praise Argentine
Lionel Messi is the best player in the world, according to his Barcelona team-mate Neymar and boss Luis Enrique.
The Argentine, 27, created Neymar's two goals on Saturday as Barca beat Athletic Bilbao 2-0 to top La Liga.
"Messi is a star. I am improving playing with him," said Brazil's Neymar, 22, who came off the substitutes' bench at the Nou Camp.
"He does things in training that I have not even seen... on the Playstation," said Enrique.
|Messi's scoring record|
|Barcelona||383 goals in 469 matches|
|Argentina||42 goals in 93 games|
Barca were struggling to break down Bilbao until substitute Neymar struck in the 79th minute, running on to a threaded Messi pass and scoring with a low shot.
Four-time World Player of the Year Messi set up the Brazil forward for his second five minutes later, dribbling down the right and squaring for an unmarked Neymar to pick his spot in the same corner.
"Messi is the best not only because of his goals but also for his assists," said Enrique. "It is a pleasure and a privilege to have him in the team."
Seeking to improve on last season's second-placed finish to Atletico Madrid, Barcelona are the only team with a perfect record of three wins in three La Liga games.
|Most goals in a calendar year: 91||Most goals in a season: 68|
|Most goals in a La Liga season: 50||Most La Liga hat-tricks in a season: 8|
|Most Champions League top scorer awards: 4||Most goals in a single Champions League game: 5|
|Most consecutive La Liga matches scored in: 10||Barcelona's leading goalscorer: 383|
"I am very happy with Saturday's match, it went perfectly, with two goals," said Neymar, who was inconsistent in his debut season in Spain in 2013-14.
"I returned from international duty feeling a bit tired, it was a long journey. I hope that this year is my year."