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Lionel Messi praised in Spanish press as ‘the ultimate player’

Marca have sang the praises of the Argentine attacker, who they believe can fire the Catalan club to the treble.

Lionel Messi scored a memorable 12-minute hat-trick against Rayo Vallecano at the weekend, which helped him set a new national record in Spanish football.

The Argentine has scored 18 goals in all competitions since the turn of the year and is seemingly back to his best form.

Spanish daily newspaper Marca have stated that Messi is the man to fire Barcelona to a momentous treble this season.

With Luis Enrique’s side leading La Liga, through to the final of the Copa del Rey and leading their Champions League tie with Manchester City, the Spanish press are starting to speak about a season where the Camp Nou side win all three competitions.

They state that Messi has proven himself as ‘the ultimate player’, with Barcelona relieved to see their star man back to his best.

At the turn of the year, Messi was left on the substitute’s bench for the shock 1-0 defeat to Real Sociedad at Anoeta, with talk of a potential fall-out between Messi and Enrique.

However, Marca state that the pair have a strong working relationship and that the player is enjoying his role on the right-hand side of the side’s attack.

With Messi also praised for his leadership, Barcelona’s treble hopes are seemingly dependent on the Argentine continuing recent form.

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