Barcelona manager Luis Unrique believes Argentina super star Lionel Messi who scored a hat trick in a midweek La Liga clash at Rayo Vallecano is capable of beating Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo to the top scorer award this year.
Messi trails the Portuguese hotshot who scored four times in Saturday’s 7-1 thumping of Celta Vigo by eight goals after 28 games with Messi playing a game less.
With 11 games left to play in the current La Liga campaign, the Barcelona gaffer who leads his side to their game week 28 fixture at Eibar is confident that Messi who is even below team-mate Luis Suarez can overtake his rivals and emerge the campaign’s top scorer at the end of the season.
“Messi is quite capable of finishing the season as top scorer in the league, and by ten clear goals. But the most important thing is that he is focused on winning things for the team, like all the other players.
“They know what it’s about. If they can achieve things on a team level then they’ll achieve things on an individual level too.” Enrique stated.
Fourth placed Messi who has found the back of the net on 19 occasions in the league this season to tie Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema trails Suarez by six goals while the Uruguayan is two goals behind Ronaldo.
On Sunday’s tie against Eibar, Enrique added;
Eibar is one of the nice surprises in the league this season. They play direct football, they base their attacks on transitions, and are among the best sides at defending and creating pressure deep.
“At home they are especially dangerous because of the size of their pitch and their fans. We know that from the game we played there last season.”
“They have a different manager this year and a different set of players. That will make the game more difficult, like any game away from home.”