Lionel Messi: Barcelona's Neymar & Luis Enrique praise Argentine

Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi has provided the most assists - 60 - in La Liga since the start of the 2010-11 season

Lionel Messi is the best player in the world, according to his Barcelona team-mate Neymar and boss Luis Enrique.

The Argentine, 27, created Neymar's two goals on Saturday as Barca beat Athletic Bilbao 2-0 to top La Liga.

"Messi is a star. I am improving playing with him," said Brazil's Neymar, 22, who came off the substitutes' bench at the Nou Camp.

"He does things in training that I have not even seen... on the Playstation," said Enrique.

Messi's scoring record
Barcelona383 goals in 469 matches
Argentina42 goals in 93 games

Barca were struggling to break down Bilbao until substitute Neymar struck in the 79th minute, running on to a threaded Messi pass and scoring with a low shot.

Four-time World Player of the Year Messi set up the Brazil forward for his second five minutes later, dribbling down the right and squaring for an unmarked Neymar to pick his spot in the same corner.

"Messi is the best not only because of his goals but also for his assists," said Enrique. "It is a pleasure and a privilege to have him in the team."

Messi struck twice in Barca's 3-0 home win against Elche in their opening game of the campaign and set up Sandro Ramirez to score in their 1-0 success at Villarreal on their second outing.

Seeking to improve on last season's second-placed finish to Atletico Madrid, Barcelona are the only team with a perfect record of three wins in three La Liga games.

Record-breaking Messi
Most goals in a calendar year: 91Most goals in a season: 68
Most goals in a La Liga season: 50Most La Liga hat-tricks in a season: 8
Most Champions League top scorer awards: 4Most goals in a single Champions League game: 5
Most consecutive La Liga matches scored in: 10Barcelona's leading goalscorer: 383

"I am very happy with Saturday's match, it went perfectly, with two goals," said Neymar, who was inconsistent in his debut season in Spain in 2013-14.

"I returned from international duty feeling a bit tired, it was a long journey. I hope that this year is my year."

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