Luis Suarez hailed Lionel Messi as “a beast” after the No 10’s influential performance in Barcelona’s 6-2 victory over Real Betis on Saturday,
Messi scored twice and assisted Suarez’s second goal against Betis as Barca opened the new season in style, prompting the Uruguayan to reserve acclaim of the highest order for his strike partner.
“Individually, I prefer the satisfaction of helping the team. That’s paramount,” he said after the game.
“Barca are always the favourites, we’re one of the candidates [for major trophies] with three or four other teams. This match proved that.
“Leo [Messi] has begun [the season] the way he is, a beast. He’s the best player in the world.
“You can only surrender to him and must be able to enjoy a player like him.”