“I have seen everything now,” said club captain Puyol.

“Even as a goalkeeper he does well this little phenomenon.”

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Unbelievably Messi’s star is higher now than ever after his sensational five goal haul against Bayer Leverkusen was followed by a brace in the league against Racing Santander took him to within five goals of Barca’s all-time goal records.

“At least I can say I got to train Mess,” was Barca coach Pep Guardiola’s response to Messi’s recent performances, while the mini-maestro, who many now believe to be the greatest player ever remains humble.

“Gaurdiola is more important to Barca,” said Messi.

“His arrival changed everything.”

“Guardiola is fundamental to the Barcelona project.

“This is his team.”

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