Barcelona are in form thanks to back-to-back wins following a stuttering run of three consecutive draws, with Messi instrumental in the improved run of results.
After losing out to Ronaldo for the 2016 Ballon d’Or, five-time winner Messi scored and assisted twice in the 4-1 rout of rivals Espanyol last week.
And Sergi Roberto talked up his team-mate, telling RAC1: “He is the best player in history. You can’t compare him [with Cristiano Ronaldo].
“Beyond the Ballon d’Or, everyone knows that Messi is the best. He’s light years ahead.”