Uruguay international Luis Suarez has hailed Messi as a beast and the best in the world, following his emphatic performance against Real Betis.
The pair made it an easy win against Poyet’s side, with Suarez getting a hat trick and the Argentine a brace in the opening match of the new campaign.
And despite it being Suarez that got the treble of goals, the striker could not help hailing Messi, who assisted one of his goals in the 6-2 win.
“Leo has started like a beast and is the best player in the world. All you can do is surrender to his feet and enjoy him,” he told reporters.
Suarez commented that it was important for Barca to get off to as strong a start as possible as favourites to lift the trophy again, while he was happy to impress on an individual level.
“Barcelona is always the favourite and one of the candidates to win the league,” he added.
“Always there are three or four teams fighting for it. We have to show fight because we are the holders.
“We had to start strong at home, it is always important. Obviously on an individual level I like the satisfaction of being able to help the team, that’s what is essential.”