Barcelona president Sandro Rosell lost for words when asked to describe star striker Lionel Messi.
Rosell, who spoke to El Mundo Deportivo before he boarded a flight to Qatar, commented on the performance of the Argentine superstar after his deadly double helped defeat Villarreal at the Camp Nou to temporarily move the Blaugrana to the top of the table, before Real Madrid defeated Sporting on Sunday night to move clear again.
Messi is contracted to the Camp Nou giants until 2016, but Rosell believes that he has the capability to be a permanent fixture in the side far beyond the end of his current deal.
He remarked: “I do not know what else to say. There are no words to describe what Leo does. I think he will stay with the club much further than the end of his current deal. He deserves all the praise he receives, and all the interviews.”
Messi joined up with his Argentina colleagues as they prepare to face Brazil in an international friendly, and had earlier told FIFA.com that he hopes either Xavi or Andres Iniesta win the Ballon d'Or, because “they deserve it more than anyone else".