Managing Leo Messi

MADRID. – Barcelona boss Luis Enrique described the fortune to have Lionel Messi on his side a “privilege” after the five-time World Player of the Year scored his 300th Spanish La Liga goal.

Messi scored twice in a 3-1 win at Sporting Gijon on Wednesday night to take his tally to 301 league goals in 335 games as Barca extended their lead at the top of the table to six points.

“To be able to count on Leo is always a privilege no matter how the opponent plays,” said Luis Enrique.

Barca are now heavy favourites to seal a fifth Liga title in seven years with Atletico Madrid their closest challengers and Real Madrid a further point adrift in third.

“I am optimistic in any situation and this is a favourable one,” added Luis Enrique. – AFP.

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