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Barcelona striker Lionel Messi 'is a miracle from God' - Arda Turan

Barcelona midfielder Arda Turan has described Lionel Messi as "a miracle from God" after the Argentina international scored a hat trick in the 4-0 win over Granada.

Turan finally made his La Liga debut for Barca, having been forced to wait for their transfer ban to expire before he could be registered.

It took just eight minutes for the two players to link up as Turan provided the assist for Messi's opener.

And the former Atletico Madrid player was full of praise for Messi, who is expected to win the Ballon d'Or for a fifth time on Monday.

"I have never seen anyone like Leo Messi," Turan told Turkish newspaper Sabah. "He is a miracle from God. I like it when he does his things on the field.

"It's not jealousy -- I feel good, for instance, when he nutmegs someone."

Turan also explained why he opted to leave Atletico, where he won La Liga and picked up a runners-up medal in the Champions League -- although he missed the final through injury -- in favour of the Camp Nou.

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Arda Turan made his Barcelona debut against Espanyol in the Copa del Rey in midweek

"Luis Enrique wanted me at Barcelona because of my ability to hold on to the ball, my desire for winning and hard work," he said.

"He told me that these are the reasons he wanted me. I will show everyone on the pitch why he wanted me at this team.

"My only regret is not winning the Champions League when we were so close in 2014 [losing to Real Madrid after extra time].

"We were only a minute and 20 seconds away from it. I tried so hard to be able to play in that final but I couldn't, despite all the injections and treatments."


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