FC Barcelona claimed a 3-0 victory over Eibar with Lionel Messi grabbing the 400th La Liga goal of his career. "It was a tough match the other day in which we lost, sure, but has to help us take a step forward". "They are incredible numbers. He is from another galaxy".
"There is a lot of time left", Valverde said.
Messi has also been Barca's top scorer in all competitions for a number of years. Former Real Madrid rival Cristiano Ronaldo is second all-time in La Liga with 311 goals. Messi's quadruple century arrived in his 435th.
Having already won four trophies in 18 months in the French capital Neymar has enjoyed no shortage of success but continues to have an emotional attachment to Barca - with his first demand to return allegedly coming as early as last season. Coutinho to Suarez to Messi.
A double one-two with Suarez led to the opening goal.
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While talking about his team selection, Ernesto Valverde said "I picked the best team I thought we could pick", and then further added "It served us to evaluate players in some tough moments, like in a LaLiga game".
1 - Messi is the first player from Europe's big five leagues to reach 400 goals for the same club.
"We all pull the cart in hard moments", Griezmann said. "But I can not imagine him back at Barca". Madrid moved into fourth after beating Real Betis 2-1, courtesy of a late Dani Ceballos free kick.
Karim Benzema had gone off with a dislocated finger and Isco remained on the bench, watching three youngsters sent on instead of him.
"He was the one who left", he said in October.
With a free-kick on the edge of the area and goalkeeper Pau Lopez leaving his left-hand corner open, Ceballos sent a dipping shot into the gap to snatch a dramatic win.