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Ernesto Valverde explains what’s impressed him most about Lionel Messi

The Barcelona boss has been talking about his captain

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Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde has been talking about Lionel Messi and the Barcelona skipper’s best qualities.

Messi ended 2018 as the top assister and scorer in Europe’s top five leagues, and it would be no surprise to find him top of the standings at the end of 2019 too.

Yet Valverde has pointed to Messi’s mental strength and competitiveness as two of his biggest assets.

“What I’d most highlight about Leo Messi is his huge sense of responsibility for the team. It shows in every game in every competition.”

“What he does is not only difficult, but he does it again and again … That takes enormous mental strength. I have never known anyone with such an amazing competitive spirit.”

Source | FC Barcelona

Barcelona return to action on Sunday against Getafe with another landmark in sight for Messi. The skipper is just two goals away from making it 400 La Liga goals and will be hoping to add to his tally at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez.

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