BARCELONA (Reuters) – Lionel Messi’s strike rate “is from another galaxy” Barcelona teach Luis Enrique said on Friday because the Argentine maestro bids to score his five hundredth career aim in this weekend’s ‘Clasico’.
Messi’s penalty towards Bolivia in Tuesday’s world Cup qualifier took him to 499 desires for membership and u . S . And there can be few extra becoming eventualities for Barca’s talisman to make it 500 than Saturday’s clash with real Madrid on the Nou Camp.
“The figure (499) is from some other galaxy. In case you upload the dreams of all our different gamers, inclusive of the ones i have scored, you do not even get near it, but i have visible Messi’s face and he and his crew buddies are determined to win the game and provide joy to our supporters,” Luis Enrique instructed newshounds.
5-instances international player of the 12 months Messi has netted 449 goals for Barcelona and has now 50 for Argentina, six behind his u . S .’s document scorer Gabriel Batistuta. The 28-year-antique is likewise the all time top scorer in l. A. Liga.
With Barca 10 points clean of third-placed actual Madrid and 9 in advance of Atletico Madrid with 8 video games remaining, ‘El Clasico’ is not going to have an effect on the name race.
But, asked if that made it any less vital for his group, who may want to grow to be the first Spanish facet to win successive trebles, Luis Enrique laughed off the idea.
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“I don’t suppose so,” he stated. “we are gambling to win everything, we’re league leaders and gambling to take every other large step toward the identify, and we’re playing towards one of the first-rate groups inside the world with one of the first-class squads within the phrase. It’s a totally hard sport for us and we understand that.”
it’s going to additionally be the primary Barca sport since the loss of life of membership high-quality Johan Cruyff, who had a big impact as a player however more fulfillment as a coach, prevailing 4 league titles, the King’s Cup, the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup and their first ecu Cup, in 1992.
A minute’s silence may be held earlier than the game in reminiscence of the visionary Dutchman and Barcelona’s gamers will undergo the message ‘thanks Johan’ on their shirts, even though Luis Enrique stated his players did not need any greater motivation.
“Barca have a aggressive spirit that is bomb proof and we recognise we’ll have to be motivated in any other case we’ll lose, but that must be clean against real Madrid, our eternal competitors,” he delivered. “What Cruyff could want the maximum is that we received the game deservedly with the aid of gambling marvelous soccer.”