The Blaugrana boss has voiced his admiration for the prolific Camp Nou attacker, and also had positive things to say about promising youngster Cristian TelloTito Vilanova has taken the time to praise Lionel Messi in the wake of Barcelona's 4-2 La Liga win over Mallorca at the weekend.
The Argentine netted twice in Sunday's encounter to take his tally for 2012 to 76 goals in just 59 appearances, and Vilanova has hailed Messi's impressive goalscoring record.
"Leo continually breaks records. His goal tally is spectacular," Vilanova was quoted as saying on the club's official website.
"It takes other great players seven or eight seasons to score the amount of goals he scores in one season. Also, some of his goals are absolute beauties."
The Barcelona coach also had his say on Cristian Tello's performance, and had nothing but positive words for the young Camp Nou forward.
"We know what he’s capable of," the 44-year-old added. "He played a great game. He hasn’t has a lot of minutes on the pitch lately.
"I believe that he’s improved a lot on defence, he’s becoming a more complete player on a daily basis."
Tello has netted three times in 12 official appearances for Barcelona this term.