The coach has piled praise on his No.10 following Saturday’s victory over Athletic Bilbao and said the team’s balance is helping them succeed
As well as adding to Neymar’s claims by claiming Messi would be the best in defence if he was positioned at the back, Luis Enrique suggested the Barca No.10 can do what even popular manga and animated character Captain Tsubasa cannot.
“Messi isn’t only the best for his goals but for his assists,” the former Roma coach told reporters. “If he wanted to be the best defender around he would be.
“He does things that I’ve not seen Captain Tsubasa do or what can be done on a Playstation video game – they border on the unimaginable.
“We’re used to it now but it’s still a privilege to have the world’s best player in your team.”
Luis Enrique also hailed the unsung hero of his Barca side so far this season – his defence – as the club earned their third clean sheet in as many matches.
“Sergio Busquets’ tactical intelligence, how he interprets the pressure,” he added. “He’s a key player for us and the best in the world in his position.
“To be a team that wins titles you must have a good attack and a defensive phase, to be a complete team. Sometimes you can play too long and others you can have possession. Getting the right balance isn’t always easy.
“A team is formed to unite different personalities and profiles of players. I’m happy with what I have. I won’t explain why whoever plays to the players and I won’t do it here. We always hope to have the best version of each player.
“Any individual thing is easy to achieve but overall, the coordination of everything, means many hours of training. We do what we can, with and without the ball.”
Barca are back in action on Wednesday in their opening group stage game of their Champions League campaign against APOEL.