Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez was left speechless as Lionel Messi netted a late winner, as Barcelona dug out a 1-0 La Liga win at the Wanda Metropolitano.
The Spanish international, who played at left back against the Catalan side, and he told a post match interview with Marca that the Argentinan international was the key difference on the night.
"We are frustrated at the end with a defeat, as we played well and created chances to score."
"But when Messi is on the pitch, he can do that, and with such ease."
"He is the best."
"Ter Stegen made some important saves for Barcelona, but for me, Messi is the one, and he has shown why he is the best."
Diego Simeone's side are have now won just once in their last five La Liga games, and they have slipped down to sixth in the table after a disappointing run.
Los Rojiblancos face Lokomotiv Moscow next week, where they need a win to confirm their passage into the Champions League last 16, alongside league games against Villarreal, Osasuna and Real Betis in the coming weeks.