Barcelona head coach Luis Enrique believes Lionel Messi is still out of this world, despite missing another penalty during Sunday’s 4-1 victory over Levante.
The four-time Ballon d’Or winner scored two goals at the Camp Nou - including a penalty - but missed another spot-kick on the 75th minute, denying himself the chance to complete a hat-trick.
Messi, according to the Mirror, has now missed 16 of his 72 penalties for Barcelona - leaving him with a surprisingly poor conversion rate of just 78 per cent.
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However, Enrique does not believe that Messi missing from 12 yards on such a regular basis makes the Argentina international any less of a phenomenon.
"To miss penalties does not make Messi human," the Barça boss was quoted as saying by ESPN. "Then he scores two goals and gives an assist. There is very little human about Messi."
Lionel Messi: Consistently exceptional
Barcelona’s fourth goal against Levante, scored by Messi in the 90th minute, suggests Enrique is spot on.
Picking up the ball 30 yards from goal, Messi drifted infield past a couple of Levante defenders before slotting into the bottom left-hand corner of the net. A typical Messi goal, perhaps, but brilliant nevertheless.
Messi favourite to win 2015 Ballon d'Or
After helping Barcelona win another historic treble last season - scoring 58 goals in the process - and guiding Argentina to the Copa America final, Messi is currently the odds-on favourite to win the 2015 Ballon d’Or in January.
Cristiano Ronaldo will be the 28-year-old’s closest competitor for world football’s most prestigious individual accolade but, after claiming UEFA’s Best Player in Europe award by a landslide margin last month, Messi has probably already done enough to fend off competition from the prolific Real Madrid forward.
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