It’s hard to think of a superlative that hasn’t been used to describe Lionel Messi.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner was at his scintillating best as Barcelona defeated Real Betis 4-1 on Sunday evening.
He netted a hat-trick - the 51st of his career - to cap yet another chapter to add to his collection of finest performances.
Messi is largely responsible for Barcelona being on the verge of winning multiple trophies in the 2018-19 season.
Ernesto Valverde’s side have a 10-point advantage at the top of La Liga and will play in the Copa del Rey final in May.
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Meanwhile, his brace against Lyon helped put the Blaugrana in the quarter-final of the Champions League, where they will take on Manchester United.
Barcelona will be extremely thankful that they have the best player in the world.
Vidal: Messi's talent will never be seen again
Arturo Vidal summed it up well when he said Barcelona “have to take advantage” of Messi’s talents.
In Vidal’s opinion, there will never be another player like the Argentinian.
"We have to enjoy (Messi) a lot, we have to take advantage of having him,” Vidal said after Barcelona’s latest win, per Sport.
“His talent will never be seen again in the world. He’s so impressive.
“You saw it today and any time he goes on the pitch.”
We can’t predict the future, of course, but any future player who can match Messi’s brilliance is doing well for themselves.
There’s a case to be made that he’s the best passer, dribbler and free-kick taker in the world, while his goalscoring record is simply phenomenal.
Messi has now scored 39 goals and provided 18 assists in 37 appearances this season.
He’s scored or assisted a goal once every 53 minutes on average, which is just insane.
Vidal may be right.
Another player as talented as Messi? We could be waiting a very, very long time.