Lionel Messi has ‘no equal’ after his performance v Sevilla, claim the Madrid press

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As scary as it may sound, Lionel Messi seems to be getting better with age.

The Barcelona icon continues to produce magnificent match-winning performances most weeks and, following his masterclass against Sevilla on Saturday, now has 33 goals in 32 games this season.

Messi has scored goals on a more regular basis in previous seasons - 73 goals in 60 games during the 2011-12 campaign his best return to date - but the Argentine forward is now an even more complete footballer than ever before.

There’s nothing he can’t do, as we saw at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium on Saturday.

His first goal was a brilliantly-executed left-footed volley. His second was a right-footed finish from just inside the box. While his third was a clever little dink that sealed Barcelona all three points. (Watch all of his goals HERE).

He even assisted Luis Suarez’s goal in stoppage-time. It was a 10/10 performance from the 31-year-old.

Next up for Messi is a Copa del Rey clash against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu on Wednesday night.

His record in Clasicos is obviously outstanding and you wouldn’t bet against him producing yet another masterclass in the Spanish capital, days after his heroics in Andalusia.

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Ahead of the Clasico, Madrid-based newspaper Marca have published an article with the headline: ‘Messi’s performance will have scared Real Madrid’.

And in the article they claim ‘nobody comes close’ to the five-time Ballon d’or winner - ‘either in Spain or elsewhere in Europe’.

Let’s get one thing straight: they never would have published these words if Cristiano Ronaldo was still a Real Madrid player.

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Now the Portuguese superstar is at Juventus it seems even the Madrid media have turned Team Messi. Blimey.

“His goalscoring success causes him to break records and make history week after week,” Marca add.

“Three goals on Saturday against Pablo Machin's men, two with his left foot and one with his right, have taken Messi clear at the top of the Pichichi rankings.

“In just 23 games, he has 25 goals for the campaign and his performances continue to be spectacular.

“Nobody comes close and he has no equal, either in Spain or anywhere else in Europe.”

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Indeed, Messi is outscoring every player in Europe’s top leagues - including Ronaldo - and has put himself firmly on course to secure a sixth Golden Shoe.

Ronaldo has managed to score 19 goals in Serie A, Sergio Aguero and Mohamed Salah lead the way with 17 goals each in the Premier League, Frankfurt’s Luka Jovic currently sits top of the Bundesliga top scorer charts with 14 goals, while Paris Saint-Germain’s Kylian Mbappe has scored 22 goals in Ligue 1 so far this term.

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