Villa: Messi has made me a better player

Barcelona striker David Villa has said that playing alongside Lionel Messi has made him a better player.

"Messi is a player who demands a lot from those who play alongside him because you must always pay attention," he said in an interview published in Monday's edition of the newspaper El Pais. "Sometimes it seems impossible that he has seen you and yet he has."

"As of a result of that playing alongside him has helped me improve," added Viila, the top scorer in Spain's national team with 49 goals.

Messi has been the top scorer in the UEFA Champions League for the past three campaigns, during which time Barcelona have won the title twice.