Barcelona coach Luis Enrique feels honoured to be working with Lionel Messias the Argentine continues to shine for the Camp Nou side.
The duo endured a difficult relationship earlier this season, yet their feud seems to have been resolved since, with the 27-year-old being in lethal form since the start of 2015.
Messi has been involved in 13 La Liga goals since the start of the year, almost twice as many as any other player, and Luis Enrique was full of praise after yet another man-of-the-match performance in the 5-2 win over Athletic Bilbao on Sunday.
"It's a privilege to coach Messi and really the whole group," Luis Enrique was quoted as saying on the club's official website, before stressing Barcelona cannot afford to get complacent following their fine run of form as they have not won anything just yet.
"Throughout each season, every team has their ups and downs. The most consistent team will win the league, but it won't come until the end.
"Now's not the time to get cocky; we just have to focus on getting better, which will be the key to whether our season is a success. Right now we're still second."
The Catalans have been in sublime form in recent weeks after a difficult period, yet Luis Enrique has insisted nothing of note has changed.
"There haven't been any changes. We continue to work the same way. The team is the same from week one to week 30.
"The players aren't machines. Sometimes they’re better and sometimes they aren't, but we haven't changed anything. This is the same club. We would love to always look great, but that's impossible."
Barcelona are trailing leaders Real Madrid by one point following this weekend's results.