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Messi is not from planet Earth – Arturo Vidal

BARCELONA, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 23: Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona celebrates 1-0 with Arturo Vidal of FC Barcelona during the La Liga Santander match between FC Barcelona v Girona at the Camp Nou on September 23, 2018 in Barcelona Spain (Photo by Jeroen Meuwsen/Soccrates/Getty Images)

Barcelona midfielder Arturo Vidal said teammate Lionel Messi is not from this planet after the Argentine produced a masterclass performance against Real Valladolid at Camp Nou.

Messi was at his best with a brace and two assists as Liga champions Barca routed Valladolid 5-1 at Camp Nou on Tuesday.

The Argentine set up Vidal with an exquisite pass before scoring a stunning free kick – the 50th of his career for club and country – prior to half-time.

Messi netted his second of the match after the break and teed up Luis Suarez with a perfect through ball as Barca moved top of the table.

In an interview with Movistar Plus, he said: “It makes a difference with Leo giving all his quality. When he’s like this, the team feels it, we see him every day, but he surprises us every day. Leo is from another planet.

“We are happy, we won and the team felt good. I have no words to talk about Leo. You have to take advantage of it and make the most of him.

Clement Lenglet’s second-minute opener was fortuitously cancelled out by Valladolid’s Kiko Olivas 13 minutes later; Messi was able to inspire Barca against the visitors.

Barca are two points clear of Granada and Atletico Madrid – the latter of whom have played an extra match due to the postponement of El Clasico last weekend  after 10 games.

“These victories help you, but you have to keep improving, the game against Slavia (Prague in the Champions League when Barca won 2-1 last week) is not what we know how to do. Hopefully it won’t happen to us from now on.”

The Catalans have won seven games in a row in all competitions and face a trip to Levante in the league on Saturday.

Following their domestic duties, Barca return to the European stage on November 5 as they host Slavia Prague in the Uefa Champions League at Camp Nou.

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