Mad Masch laughs off Messi critics

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Messi netted his 400th goal for the Catalans last weekend, but has come in for occasional criticism from media and fans who feel he is not the player he once was.

But Mascherano says it is “practically impossible to see him [Messi] play badly”.

“Everything Barca have achieved in recent years has been thanks to players like Messi, [Andres] Iniesta and Xavi,” he told Tot Sant Cugat.

"They have made this team one of the best in history. Messi has given a lot to Barca, and Barca to Messi too.

"Criticism of Messi, on several occasions, has been excessive. We are accustomed to unimaginable things that only he can do, and when he doesn't score a goal it doesn't mean he's not good.

"It's practically impossible to see him play badly." 

Barcelona face Rayo Vallecano in La Liga later this afternoon.

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