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Ernesto Valverde reacts to Lionel Messi scoring his 50th career free kick against Real Valladolid

Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde revealed that he had “run out of words” to describe Lionel Messi’s stellar display in a 5-1 win against Real Valladolid.

Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde has heaped praise on Lionel Messi after his superlative display in the Blaugrana’s 5-1 win over Real Valladolid at the Camp Nou on Tuesday. Messi produced a masterclass with a brace and two assists as the defending champions moved top of the La Liga table on Tuesday with a seventh straight win in across all competitions.

Clement Lenglet gave Valverde’s side a flying start while Kiko Olivas had hauled Valladolid level in the first half. The Barcelona captain was able to inspire Barcelona once again scoring a stunning free-kick from 25 yards out prior to half time at the Camp Nou. Messi has now scored 16 direct free kicks since the start of the 2016/17 season, which is 10 more than any other player in the top five European leagues.

Messi netted his second of the match after the interval and before teeing up teammate Luis Suarez as Barca climbed above Granada and Atletico Madrid atop the summit. Valvderde while running out of words at the post match conference to describe the genius of the little man. The Barcelona boss was happy that their talisman was back to his best after a start to the season which was disrupted by injuries.

“What else can be said about him? I’ve run out of words. We always know that he will appear, whatever the match. His talent isn’t comparable to anything; the reality is that every time he touches the ball, something special happens. I just don’t know what to say,” Valverde said at the post match conference.

“He is getting closer to his best form [after injury], when Leo gets it something bad will happen to the rival. He has that talent that nobody has, he escapes anyone and it is not only that he can make an individual play but he does things that nobody sees. It happens to me sometimes, he does things that are not seen even from the crowd, every day is better,” he added.

Granada will move above Barcelona in the points table if they beat Getafe on Thursday, but the Catalan Giants will still have a game in hand over the newly promoted side. The race in the Spanish top flight seems a little congested at this point but will inevitably come down to Barcelona and Real Madrid, who play Leganes on Wednesday and will move within a point of the Blaugrana with a win.

Vallodolid manager Sergio Gonzalez urged his players to keep their heads high after the loss. “We did the most difficult thing, which was to match that initial goal and at the time we were changing the structure of the team. Then Messi’s free-kick is a masterpiece. Barcelona wanted to rebel. They had not played for a long time and everything went straight. The result is bulky, but we have to assimilate it, raise our heads and relativise it,” Gonzalez said.

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