Barcelona manager, Ronald Koeman has once again hailed club talisman, Lionel Messi - describing the Argentinian as the "most important man in the history” of Barcelona.
Messi equalled Barcelona legend, Xavi Hernandez's record for most ever appearances made for the club while appearing on the pitch during the Catalan's 4-1 win over Huesca and he marked that landmark by scoring a brace on the night.
"I think Messi has shown that he is the best. The first goal was fantastic. He deserves to be important for this team. I don't know what else to say about Leo. The level he has been at for so many years, so many games," Koeman said post the game.
“He has equalled Xavi and in principle he will surpass him on Sunday. He is the most important man in the history of this club. Luckily he is still with us."
The win on the night ensured that Barcelona leapfrogged rivals, Real Madrid to move to second in the league table with 59 points from 27 games, to remain four behind current leaders, Atletico Madrid, and Koeman is confident that his side can "keep pushing" in order to have a chance to win the title.
“The points we lost for a few weeks... we have reacted well. The team is confident. We are in good shape and we are fighting. We cannot lose more points because we have already lost quite a few. I've always said there is a lot to play for. It's always hard for any team to hold out," he concluded.