Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola has likened superstar Lionel Messi to NBA legend Michael Jordan in his ability to dominate opposition.
Jordan was in a league of his own when it came to basketball after helping the Chicago Bulls to six championships while he was crowned league MVP on five occasions.
However, it was Jordan's ability to almost single-handedly lead the team to victory that etched his name in history, a talent Guardiola sees in Messi.
Messi has incredibly become Barcelona's all-time leading goalscorer following his hat-trick in Tuesday's 5-2 win over Grenada, goals that saw him surpass Cesar Rodriguez's 232 record.
The three-time FIFA World Player of the Year has scored an incredible 54 goals in 45 games in all competitions for the Catalan giants this season.
"You have few players who dominate like this, but he does it," explained Guardiola. "You can compare him perfectly to Jordan."
Guardiola added: "The day that Leo Messi overcame Cesar, we've had a game from that era.
"Leo has entered history. Those who knew Cesar have told me that he was exceptional.
"I want to thank the team for overcoming all adversity and this guy who is continuing to make history.
"It's all been said before about Messi. He doesn't only score goals, he scores great goals; each one is better than the last. We are seeing the very best in action.
"I'm sorry for those who try to take his throne but this kid is different, better, we are excited to have him."