Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has dismissed "rumours" that the club could attempt to sign Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi
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Barcelona boss Luis Enrique says he is honoured to be Lionel Messi's coach after the Argentinean became the top goalscorer in Primera Division history on Saturday night.
Messi bagged a treble to help Enrique's side complete a 5-1 win over Sevilla at the Nou Camp, as the forward overtook Telmo Zarra's scoring record with his 253rd goal in his 289th appearance.
– Barcelona boss Luis Enrique.
I have never seen a player like Messi. I feel lucky to be his manager. Nobody can be compared to him. He's one-of-a-kind and we'll never see anyone like him ever again and we are privileged to have him and be able to watch him.
Barcelona and Spain great Xavi is already looking ahead to a career in coaching after his playing days come to an end.
The veteran midfielder is under contract with Barca until June 2016.
– Xavi speaking to TV3
I don't have much time left to play, I am 34 and will turn 35 in January. I want to enjoy this stage and get as much from it, everyone tells me that it's the best one.
After retiring I would like to coach and learn English," Xavi said. "I don't know what the future will bring but I would like to be remain in football, and of course, with Barcelona.
We thought that perhaps it (this summer) was the best time to leave the club but in the end, the heart takes over.
Luis Suarez has downplayed his human munching tendencies by comparing his bites to Mike Tyson's on Evander Holyfield.
Former heavyweight boxer Tyson infamously bit off part of Holfyfield's ear during a WBA title fight in 1997.
Suarez returned from a four month ban in October after sinking his teeth into Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup, and had previously been punished for biting opponents while playing for Ajax and Liverpool.
Instead of reiterating his apology for biting a fellow professional, Suarez has once again decided to portrayed himself as the victim in an interview with Marca.
"None of my bites were like Mike Tyson's on Evander Holyfield," he said. "But nobody cares about that."
Meanwhile, the former Liverpool striker has thanked Steven Gerrard for advising him against joining Arsenal from the Reds in 2013.
Following suggestions in a new book that Cristiano Ronaldo made offensive remarks about Lionel Messi, the Real Madrid star took to Facebook last night to deny the claims.
The Portuguese captain told his 101 million Facebook fans:
– Cristiano Ronaldo
News is circulating that I allegedly made offending remarks regarding Lionel Messi. This is absolutely false and I have assured my lawyer takes action to sue those responsible. I have the utmost respect for all my professional colleagues, and Messi is obviously no exception.
In a new book about Messi, it is claimed that Ronaldo regularly refers to Messi with offensive remarks, an allegation the Portuguese international strongly denies.