Barcelona manager, Ernesto Valverde is full of praise for extraordinary Messi, after his hat trick in the 5-0 thrashing of Espanyol.
Barcelona seem to be back to their best, as they appear to still be recovering from the loss of Neymar. Reports have also emerged that Messi is looking for an exit, as he is yet to sign an extension.
However, according to the club’s sporting director, Robert Fernandez, the Argentine is close to signing a renewal and Valverde will be glad to hold on to him.
“I am happy for Leo who scored three goals and is extraordinary,” Valverde said at a post-match news conference.
“We pulled through a complicated game, because these kinds of matches are always tough.
“Despite the result, it wasn’t easy. Espanyol fought very well, but we have great players like Messi, who scored three goals, and [Luis] Suarez, who gave everything like the rest of the team.”