A Premier League star has revealed that he thought he had put in the performance of the weekend until he saw Lionel Messi's hat-trick for FC Barcelona away at Sevilla late on Saturday afternoon.
Former Blaugrana winger Gerard Deulofeu scored a superb hat-trick for Watford against Cardiff City last Friday, taking his tally to six strikes for the season.
The Spaniard was, however, upstaged by Messi on Saturday afternoon, when the Argentine struck three times to inspire the Catalan giants – Deulofeu's former team – to a 4-2 win at Sevilla.
The 24-year-old has since admitted that he thought he put in the best display of this past weekend until he saw what his ex-colleague did.
"I thought I was the king of the weekend until I saw Messi in the Sanchez Pizjuan," Deulofeu told Spanish radio show El Transistor.
"He's an incredible player, I really enjoy watching him. I remember when I was at Barcelona, I once played a ball to him like it was a watermelon.
"I started over immediately to apologise, but he'd brought it down with an incredible touch."
The Watford player also spoke of his delight at being a key player at his current club.
"I really enjoyed my time at Barcelona because I got to play alongside the best players in the world, but I had to go my own way for my career," he added.
"I was at home at Barcelona, in the best team in the world, but you can't put a price on feeling important, feeling like you're someone others want to look up to."
Deulofeu has contributed to 10 goals in 21 matches across all competitions for the Hornets so far this season.
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