Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman lauded Lionel Messi as the most important player in the club's history as the Argentine celebrated making a record-equalling 767th appearance for the Catalans on Monday.
"What more can you say (about Messi)?" a beaming Koeman told reporters.
"His level over so many years, over so many games... he's the most important player in Barcelona's history and thank goodness he's still here with us.
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I think he's shown he's the best player in the world. The first goal he scored was fantastic, and he deserves to be the focal point of this team.
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Teenager Pedri, who was called up to the Spain national team for the first time earlier on Monday, also praised Messi - a player he has been earmarked to succeed at the Nou Camp.
"To play alongside Leo is an absolute joy. I enjoy going to training everyday," said the 18-year-old.
"Whenever I get it, I try and pass to him because every time he touches the ball, something happens. It's absolutely crazy what he's achieving. He's the best player in the world."
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