The Barcelona boss says that he feels honoured to have witnessed the Argentina international's record goalscoring run
The Barcelona star recently scored his 86th goal of the season against Real Betis to break the record for most goals scored in a calender year, which was previously held by Gerd Muller.
"Messi's record has been recognised by Guinness World Records, I do believe. His goals are there for all to see and I just feel lucky because I have been able to witness nearly all of them," Vilanova told a press conference.
The Spanish coach went on to speak about his side's next opponents Atletico Madrid, and stressed that they are not a one-man team based around Falcao.
"Falcao is in great form, but they also have Diego Costa, Arda Turan and others," he said.
"One player cannot do every job for the team. They have a lot of good players that are all on the same wavelength."
Barcelona host Atletico Madrid at Camp Nou on Sunday at 21:00CET.