Luis Enrique hails 'extraterrestrial' Messi

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Barcelona's head coach Luis Enrique celebrates after the Copa del Rey final soccer match between Barcelona and Alaves at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid, Spain, Saturday, May 27, 2017.

Luis Enrique, who made the surprising announcement in March that he was leaving Barcelona so he could get some rest, never lost a Copa del Rey home-and-away series since he took over the club, a run of 12 straight triumphs ahead of the final.

And while Barcelona went on to secure the victory thanks to goals from Neymar and Paco Alcacer, Enrique paid homage to Deportivo's efforts.

After missing out on the league this season, the Copa del Rey was Barcelona's second title of the campaign to go along with the Spanish Super Cup, but Luis Enrique has won almost everything since replacing Gerard Martino in 2014. Helping the team with a goal is important and I am very happy to end the season like this.

When you get to manage Lionel Messi, it sounds silly to talk about challenges awaiting Barcelona's coach-to-be. The Catalan giants won a treble of the Copa Del Rey, La Liga and UEFA Champions League in his first season in charge.

Luis Enrique was full of praise for Messi afterwards, saying the Argentina star was from another planet.

Iniesta added that Busquets, the club's third captain behind him and Lionel Messi, could do with practice of lifting trophies for when he eventually assumes control of the captain's armband.

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"Messi is an extra terrestrial in every sense and I'm very fortunate that I was able to enjoy the best, or one of the best, versions of him", the Spaniard said of Messi, who collected his 30th trophy with Barcelona a month before his 30th birthday.

"Nine trophies out of 13 is a pretty good record".

Alaves boss Mauricio Pellegrino was equally in awe of the five-time World Player of the Year.

According to reports in the Barcelona media, the second placed club have agreed on a two-year deal with Atletico Bilbao manager Ernesto Valverde.

The steady stream of talent that once flowed from the La Masia training academy into the first team dried up under Luis Enrique.

"I don't know what I'll be doing, really".

The 47-year old insisted he had no regrets over not renewing his contract after being worn down by the pressures that came with being in the Barca hot seat.

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