Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone believes that Lionel Messi is better than Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema combined.
Simeone's side were dumped out of the Copa del Rey last night at the hands of Barcelona, although in a rare off-night the Argentinian didn't manage to get on the scoresheet at the Vicente Calderon.
Instead it was Neymar who did most of the damage, scoring twice after Fernando Torres had fired the home side into an early lead and levelled things up on aggregate. An own goal from Miranda after Raul Garcia had scored from the penalty spot on the half-hour mark sealed the deal.
Messi recently lost out to Ronaldo in the race for the Ballon d'Or, but Simeone believes that he isn't just better than the Portuguese ace; he's better than Real Madrid's much-vaunted front line, christened the 'BBC'.
The Argentinian reportedly said: "Messi is more dangerous than Ronaldo, Bale and Benzema put together.
Despite the fact that Messi has been in sensational form this season it's not been all plain sailing at the Nou Camp. It's been reported that he doesn't see eye-to-eye with boss Luis Enrique, and it's even been claimed that he could quit and join Chelsea at the end of the season.
The rumours started after Messi was 'rested' for Barcelona's defeat against Real Sociedad earlier this month, but full-back Jeremy Matheu says their uneasy relationship dates back to a spat on the training pitch.
The Frenchman said: 'It happened when we returned from holidays. Suddenly, because of a foul that didn't get called [in training], Leo threw a tantrum. There was some friction, some things were said.
'Afterwards, the coach spoke to him in the dressing room and that was that. It happens at every club, but because this is Barcelona it's big news. And that's the problem.'
Messi will be looking to get back on the scoresheet when Barcelona take on Villarreal this weekend.
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