Barcelona Coach, Ernesto Valverde has described Lionel Messi as the best player he has ever seen after the Argentine put up a ‘show’; scoring a brace in the club’s 5-0 hammering of Real Betis on Sunday.

With his latest set of goals, Messi has taken his tally to 19 league goals for the season, while Luis Suarez also netted twice after Ivan Rakitic's opener.

"You have to enjoy him," Valverde said of Messi. "We have been able to live his era.

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"I have suffered because of him and I know what that is like. Now I can enjoy it.

"It is an event to watch him every day. He’s the best player I’ve ever seen. It’s a pleasure to have him here." the Barcelona coach went on and on praising the five-time Ballon d'Or winner

The demolition in Seville saw Barca move 11 points clear of second-placed Atletico Madrid, who were held to a 1-1 draw by Girona.

Defending champion Real Madrid are 19 points adrift in fourth position with a game in hand.

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