Lionel Messi 'the best player in the world by a difference' - Jordi Alba
BARCELONA -- Jordi Alba labelled Lionel Messi "the best player in the world by a difference" after the two combined for three of Barcelona's goals as the Catalans thumped Celta Vigo 5-0 to reach the Copa del Rey quarterfinals.
Messi scored twice, with Alba, Luis Suarez and Ivan Rakitic also on target as Barca won 6-1 on aggregate and extended their unbeaten streak to 28 matches in all competitions.
Alba set up both of Messi's goals in two first-half minutes before the Argentine returned the favour, creating the third goal for the left-back with a wonderful through ball.
Alba has now set up seven of Messi's 22 goals this season, while Messi has set up both of Alba's strikes.
Suarez added Barca's fourth goal, his 12th of the campaign, after a mistake from Pione Sisto as Ernesto Valverde's side went into half-time with a commanding lead.