Barcelona midfielder Xavi has hailed Lionel Messi as a “beast” for his desire to always try to achieve new heights, likening him to former Real Madrid star Raul.
The Argentine attacker dethroned Raul as the all-time top scorer in the Champions League on Tuesday with his hat-trick in the 4-0 win over APOEL.
Messi has now found the net 74 times in European club football’s elite competition and Xavi feels his team-mate is an exemplary in the annals of history.
“Messi is always in the right place. It is incredible to have the best player ever in your team,” the veteran midfielder told AS.
“Messi reminds me a bit of Raul with his ambition. Raul was an example to follow and Messi has the same attitude. He is never satisfied and always wants more.
“They are competitive beasts. The stats are proof of this.”
Xavi then discussed his team-mate’s future after the Argentine’s comments that he might leave Camp Nou, stressing that the attacker is happy at Barca.
“I have always seen Messi happy. He never talks much and there’s always a discussion when he does talk. He said nothing out of the ordinary, though.
“Leo is happy and satisfied at Barcelona. He’s feeling right at home and enjoying himself.”
Messi has already netted 17 goals in as many appearances in all competitions so far this season