“Messi proved he is the best”

Lionel Messi’s hat-trick for Argentina at Ecuador on Tuesday night ‘proved that he is the best in the world’ according to compatriot Diego Simeone.

The Atletico Madrid Coach now faces Messi and Barcelona on Saturday, hoping to win his first La Liga game against the Blaugrana in 13 outings.

“Messi was what all Argentines wanted and asked for,” Simeone told his pre-match press conference.

“I watched the entire match and he answered those critics who did not believe in him, he proved that he is the best in the world.

“Political aspect of this game? I will discuss matters that are more political than sporting, I have my thoughts but I will keep them to myself as I repeat I am just a Coach.

“The length of the grass? I am not a gardener, I am a Coach, and I go to the pitch to prepare the team, nothing else. When you invite me to your house, I use your cloths, your dishes and your glasses.”