Messi earned himself another place in the record books on Saturday after scoring for the 19th successive Primera Division game during Barca’s 2-2 draw with Celta Vigo.
In doing so he became the first player to net against every other side in the Spanish top flight in consecutive matches, while taking his season tally in La Liga to 42.
Brazil international Lucas admits he is a big admirer of his fellow South American but is keen to point out Barca are no one-man team.
“Messi is a genius, that says it all. I’m a big fan of Messi. He’s the best player in the world right now and one of the best that I’ve seen play,” he told El Mundo Deportivo.
“It’s also true that to get to the level that he’s got to, he’s had high-quality teammates by his side. They have a very solid defence and players who can make things tough for you in the middle of the pitch.” — PA Sport