Enrique marvels at Messi

  • WRITER: REUTERS

Barcelona's Lionel Messi. (Reuters photo)

BARCELONA - Barcelona coach Luis Enrique paid tribute to talisman Lionel Messi on Sunday after the Argentine scored twice in a 4-2 win over Valencia to rack up at least 40 goals in all competitions for the eighth year in a row.

Messi put Barca 2-1 up just before half-time from the penalty spot and then latched onto a pass from compatriot Javier Mascherano to slam the ball beyond Diego Alves' near post and hit his 25th league goal of the campaign.

In addition, he has scored 11 times in the Champions League, four in the King's Cup and one in the Spanish Super Cup -- with his tally currently standing at 41.

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