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Lionel Messi is always in the right place at the right time, says Ernesto Valverde

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The boss was full of praise for his hat-trick hero

Sevilla FC v FC Barcelona - La Liga Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images

Ernesto Valverde took time out to praise Lionel Messi after the Barcelona captain grabbed a hat-trick to inspire his team to a 4-2 win over Sevilla on Saturday.

The victory sees Barcelona extend their lead at the top to 10 points, with Atletico Madrid set to play on Sunday, and Valverde spoke about his skipper after the match.

“Lionel not only scored three goals, but you have to see where, when and how he gets them,” he said.

”We have a decisive and superlative player.

”All teams have decisive players but we have the best in the world. Not only for his goals, but because he [always] appears in the right place at the right time.”

Source | AS

Barcelona needed Messi’s brilliance to overcome a determined Sevilla side who twice took the lead through Jesus Navas and Gabriel Mercado.

However, they had no answer to Messi after the break as he netted his 50th career hat-trick and then set up Luis Suarez for Barca’s fourth.