Sessegnon had scored just five goals in the Premier League this season before Paolo Di Canio's arrival, but the 28-year-old fired past Newcastle and Everton to make it two consecutive victories for the Wearsiders.
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"He is Messi!" The French midfielder claimed to reporters.
"The fans love him and all of his team-mates love him too. He is a great guy, a good character and the biggest thing is he is a very good player.
"For me, he is the best player in this team. He has very good quality and it is very good for us that he is a Sunderland player.
"I played against him for Nancy when I was only 18 and he was playing for PSG. It was very difficult for me. I marked him because he was playing No10 and I was playing No6. I definitely prefer playing with him rather than against him!
"Every time I played him in France I took a yellow card. Every time! It is different now in training. I stay away from him!"