Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes has said his team-mate Lionel Messi 'seems sad', after the Argentinian superstar suffered a hamstring injury at the weekend that will rule him out of action for two months.
The man between the sticks at the Nou Camp also labelled their record-goal scorer as a 'God' and added he believes Barcelona will always depend on him.
"To me he seems sad. By defect we players are selfish, so we can't understand it when we can't play.
"He is God, the best there is and he always will be, for what he has given to this team and what he made me experience as his team-mate."
The 26-year-old, four-time Ballon d'Or winner struggled with injuries towards the end of last season, and he limped off after only 18 minutes of the Catalans 4-1 win over Real Betis at the weekend.
Despite his injury woe, he's still managed to score a goal a game this term - 14 in 14 - and Valdes believes the striker will do everything he can to recover as quickly as possible.
"For me, Barcelona will always depend on him because he is the best in the world.
"Knowing him and the winner he is I have no doubt what he will now put into recovering, in fact he is already doing so."
Messi, who has bagged 327 goals in 333 appearances for the Spanish giants, has posted on his Facebook page a message to his fans assuring them he is doing everything he can to get back to full fitness.
The Argentine said: "As many of you know, over the next few weeks I will be working full-time on the recovery of this new injury. For me, it is a pity not to play with the team right now."
Despite Messi's slow start to this campaign, Barcelona are unbeaten in their opening 13 games - winning 12 and drawing only one - a record for the club at this point in the season.
They've also scored more goals up to this point than any previous year.
His two-month absence means he will miss the remaining Champions League group fixtures against Celtic and Ajax - although his Barca side have already qualified for the knockout phase - as well as league matches against Grenada, Athletic Bilbao, Villarreal and Getafe.
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