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Unai Nunez: 'Lionel Messi undoubtedly best player in world'

Nunez: 'Messi undoubtedly best in world'
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Athletic Bilbao's Unai Nunez insists that Lionel Messi is "undoubtedly the best player in the world", having witnessed the Barcelona forward produce another masterclass.

Unai Nunez has described Lionel Messi as "undoubtedly the best player in the world" after struggling to contain the Barcelona forward in Athletic Bilbao's 2-0 loss at Camp Nou.

The five-time Ballon d'Or winner effectively killed off the contest with his strike half an hour in, taking his tally to 25 goals and 12 assists in the Spanish top flight this term.

Athletic defender Nunez has no doubt that Messi is the undisputed number one performer on the planet, while also lavishing praise on Barcelona in general on the back of their routine home victory.

"He is undoubtedly the best player in the world and he shows it every single game," he told reporters after the match. "In the first half they were fantastic and showed why they're league leaders.

"They were significantly superior in the first half but at half time we talked about it and we had to turn the game around, there was no option whatsoever. We haven't scored but we never gave up.

"There were things to correct, we had to press them higher, we didn't want them left to run free and we had to correct that. We had a close look at ourselves and our attitude and how we came to perform. We had to show with this performance what we're made of between now and the end of the season, our season isn't finished yet."

Barca are 11 points clear of second-placed Atletico Madrid, with a trip to Sevilla up next immediately after the international break.


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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Barcelona1594241192231
2Sevilla1584327161128
3Atletico MadridAtletico1577121101128
4Real Madrid158252319426
5AlavesAlaves157351817124
6Levante156452725222
7Real Betis156451617-122
8Getafe155641612421
9GironaGirona155641717021
10Espanyol156361720-321
11Celta Vigo155552824420
12Real Valladolid155551315-220
13Real Sociedad155461818019
14EibarEibar155461923-419
15Valencia153931212018
16Leganes154561519-417
17Villarreal153571519-414
18Athletic Bilbao152851523-814
19Rayo Vallecano152491530-1510
20Huesca1514101230-187

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