Bolt is the Messi of athletics – Luis Enrique

Luis Enrique has compared Usain Bolt to Barcelona star Lionel Messi, stating that he is the best sprinter of all time.

The 29-year-old beat Justin Gatlin in Beijing to lift gold in the 200m at the world championships for the fourth time in a row.

And the Barca coach believes that the Jamaican is to athletics what Messi is to football.

“You could make a good comparison between Messi and Bolt,” he told reporters.

“Bolt is the best sprinter of all time and is a brand and I think Messi is the best player of all time.”

The Catalan side have been drawn with Bayer Leverkusen, Roma and BATE Borisov in their Champions League group, and the coach is looking forward to beginning his team’s defence of the European crown.

“It’s a more exciting competition with tough opponents, how could it be otherwise? We have a tough group, like most teams.

“It is a very attractive, very difficult group, no doubt. It’s not as difficult as Sevilla’s group – they drew Juventus, Manchester City and Borussia Monchengladbach, but it is difficult.

“We will try to do something that nobody has done in modern times, winning two Champions League titles.”

Sergio Busquets and Neymar have missed Barca’s start to the season through injury, but Luis Enrique is pleased with how they are recovering.

“Busquets has been able to train since yesterday and is doing very well.

“As for Neymar, I’ve also seen that he has recovered very well and is of the normal level of a player has been out for two weeks through injury.

“He is not 100 per cent, but no player is at that level now.”