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Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 24 June 2018

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde thrilled by Lionel Messi: He is the best player there is and there ever will be

Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez were both on the scoresheet in Barcelona's 5-0 demolition of Real Betis that puts them 11 points clear at the top of the table.

Lionel Messi, right, and Luis Suarez, were both on the scoresheet for Barcelona in their 5-0 win at Real Betis. Aitor Alcalde / Getty Images
Lionel Messi, right, and Luis Suarez, were both on the scoresheet for Barcelona in their 5-0 win at Real Betis. Aitor Alcalde / Getty Images

Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde insists there is nothing boring about his side moving 11 points clear at the top of the Primera Liga.

Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez produced a finishing masterclass as Barcelona launched a second-half blitz at Real Betis, with Ivan Rakitic also notching in a 5-0 win.

The title looks like heading to the Nou Camp but Valverde says he is not getting ahead of himself.

"For us, it is not a boring league," he said in his post-match news conference, as quoted by Marca.

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"We will continue going to win the matches, without speculating. There are 18 games left and it's a lot.

"But every game we win will be a very big step."

Messi was particularly impressive in Barca's second-half assault and Valverde could only pay tribute to his superstar.

"You have to enjoy him," he added. "We have been able to live his era.

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"I have suffered because of him and I know what that is like. Now I can enjoy it.

"It is an event to watch him every day.

"He is the best player there is and there ever will be."

Messi's accomplice Luis Suarez, who scored his 100th goal for the club, added: "The people who came to the stadium could enjoy it, they had the chance to see the best player in history.

"He plays each game with such detail. He's spectacular."