'Messi Is The Most Intelligent Player I've Seen'
'Lionel Messi Is The Most Intelligent Player I've Seen'
After Lionel Messi bagged four goals against Eibar on Tuesday night, FC Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde labelled the Argentine "the most intelligent player" he has ever seen.
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The Argentine opened the scoring in the first half before netting three more times in the second 45 minutes as the Blaugrana cruised past their La Liga opponents 6-1 at the Camp Nou.
After the match, Valverde had nothing but praise for his star forward.
"He is the most intelligent player I've seen on a football pitch. He's extraordinary," Valverde said, as quoted by Sport.
"Today we played differently, without Luis (Suarez), but Messi is the same wherever you put him. From a play where it looks like nothing's going to happen, he can create something good for us and bad for the opposition.
"He loves football, and he enjoys it."
The Argentina international has nine league goals already this season, five more than Simone Zaza and Maximiliano Gomez, who are currently joint second in the La Liga Golden Boot race.
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