Lionel Messi’s highlights vs. Villarreal prove he’s still on another planet

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If Lionel Messi is frustrated with life at Barcelona then you certainly wouldn’t have known it based on his Man of the Match performance against Villarreal on Sunday evening.

The Barça captain, who is reportedly considering leaving Camp Nou next summer, helped inspire his team to an impressive 4-1 win at the Estadio de la Cerámica.

Messi provided his 18th and 19th La Liga assists of the season for Luis Suarez and Antoine Griezmann. He also had a second-half goal disallowed by VAR and saw a late free-kick come back of the crossbar.

The six-time Ballon d’Or winner has been in scintillating form of late, despite Barça’s run of inconsistent results.

Where on earth would Barcelona be without their legendary forward?

According to WhoScored.com, Messi has now produced eight - yes, EIGHT - Man of the Match performances in a row.

From the 1-0 win over Real Sociedad in March to Sunday’s away win against Villarreal, Messi has been named as the star man in every game. Incredible.

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You can watch his individual highlights from the Villarreal game here…

What a performance. Those two assists were out of this world.

Messi may have turned 33 years old last month, but he’s still on another level to every other player on the planet today.

The Argentine’s stats from the Villarreal match were also hugely impressive.

Per Squawka, Messi had the most touches (113), most duels (10), created the most chances (6), took the most shots (4), completed the most take-ons (2) and provided the most assists (2).

He’s been playing for over 15 years now but continues to amaze on a weekly basis.

GIVEMESPORT’s Rob Swan says…

Barcelona’s number one priority right now has to be ensuring their star man is happy again.

Messi might be approaching the latter years of his illustrious career but he’s still the best in the business and the man who makes Barça tick.

That he can produce a performance *this* good despite being frustrated tells you everything about his quality and professionalism.

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If Barça fail to win La Liga this season - which looks increasingly likely now - then it won’t be due to a lack of effort on Messi’s part.

He’s been La Liga’s best player (again) by a country mile and is likely to end the campaign with yet another Pichichi.

It’s down to the powers that be at Camp Nou to ensure Messi is convinced the club is heading in the right direction - or they run the risk of losing the greatest footballer we’ve ever seen.

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