Luis Enrique and Lionel Messi..

The Barcelona player who intervened during the Messi-Enrique spat in 2015

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There's barely a record Lionel Messi hasn't broken in 13 years with Barcelona.

The Argentine is undoubtedly one of the greatest players ever, enduring as the all time top goal scorer for his club, country and league with an astonishing 523 strikes to his name.

His trophy cabinet is adorned with nine La Liga titles, five Copa del Reys, four Champions League titles, five Ballon d'Or trophies and even an Olympic gold medal.

Although Cristiano Ronaldo has begun to swallow up the individual awards in recent years, Messi has started the 2017-18 campaign with the bit between his teeth.

He has already found the net on 16 occasions across 16 appearances with four assists, too.

And while the team around him might not match up to Pep Guardiola's finest starting XI, there's reason to suggest Messi hasn't been happier at Barcelona on an individual basis in his false nine role.

That wasn't exactly the case back in 2015, however.

Messi's relationship with Luis Enrique ultimately ended amicably and with trophies in abundance but it wasn't all plain sailing for the pair during their first season.


Tensions reached fever pitch in January 2015 just days before Barcelona suffered defeat away to David Moyes' Real Sociedad thanks to Jordi Alba's second minute own goal.

Tempers flared when Messi was fouled in a training session and Enrique simply ignored it.

Messi eventually patched things up  and reminisced a month later: "Luckily, after the Real Sociedad game, when we did not start the year well, everything changed.

"Now we are on a different path and everything is coming off for us."

Thanks to an exclusive from Sport, the events of that infamous bust-up have become much clearer and it seems Barcelona fans have Marc-Andre ter Stegen to thank.

According to the Spanish outlet, the German 'keeper was responsible for tempering the situation by intervening before the two came together.

He even managed to calm down Messi in the aftermath.

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The same report also explains that the Argentine's anger with Enrique is still talked about in the dressing room.

With Barcelona leading the way in La Liga, eight points from Real Madrid, and making an impressive start in the Champions League, it's hard to see Messi having similar problems with Ernesto Valverde.

Do you think Lionel Messi is the greatest player in history? Have your say in the comments section below.

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