VALDES HAILS LIONEL MESSI

Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes has said that superstar Lionel Messi is capable of defining a new era in world football.

Lionel Messi is widely regarded to be the best player in the world right now, while many are also of the opinion that he is comparable with the likes of Diego Maradona and Pele.

Even though these players for not comparable with Lionel Messi in absolute sense due to the different conditions of playing, Victor Valdes has said that Messi is so good that he is capable of becoming the benchmark for defining greatness in the future.

Lionel Messi has won the FIFA Ballon d'Or award three times in a row now, while he has already scored 54 goals for Barcelona in all competitions this season. It is very much expected that Messi will go on to surpass the 75 goal mark, while he may also come close to the 100 goal mark as well.

Messi recently broke the record within Barcelona when it came to the most number of goals scored by any player. Messi has now 234 goals in all competitions for Barcelona, which becomes even more impressive when you consider that he is only 24 years old. Messi exemplified the dominance Barcelona had over Granada in a match between the two clubs recently, as he scored two goals to reduce the deficit at the top of the table to just six points.

"He has now surpassed Cesar's record and if he goes on like this, he will define an era. This [the performance against Granada] is what we have to do now each week. The only thing we can do is win all of our own games," Valdes said after the match. Messi is also the top scorer in the Spanish league now after having found the net 34 times so far.