The six-time Ballon d’Or winner spoke about a tough game against Real Madrid in the El Clasico next week.

Lionel Messi admits that the competition in the LaLiga has increased considerably over the years and considers every opponent to be tough in Spain.

The holder of almost every offensive record in LaLiga, spoke at a promotional event organized by Adidas about the increase in quality of the teams and the difficulties in facing and winning against them.

Despite having a scratchy start to the season, Barcelona are top of the table due to goal difference despite being level on points with rivals Real Madrid.  Sevilla are close third just three points behind the duo. Lionel Messi considers the quality of the teams to have improved and strengthening their form at home has been one of the main reasons behind it.

He stated, “Everything is becoming more and more even. They have been for several years and we notice that there is more equality, that any team beats any other team. It is increasingly difficult to play as an away team.”

“The teams have become stronger at home because they know that to achieve their goals they must do it well at home. This makes everything more equal and more complicated,” the Argentine further added.

The Flea considers no other exception to that fact than Clasico rivals Real Madrid, whom he and his side face next Wednesday in the postponed clash that was supposed to happen two months ago. Lionel Messi was rested for the midweek Champions League dead-rubber against Inter for the same.

“I expect a very strong Real Madrid side,” Messi said. “They have shown it in the last matches, in LaLiga and the Champions League. Barca against Madrid and Madrid against Barca are always special matches. It doesn’t matter how the teams arrive, although it’s true that we both go into it at a good time.”

With both teams level on points, the El Clasico next week could be crucial in the annual two-horse race between Barcelona and Real Madrid. Messi will hope that he and his boys are on top of their game having not lost a game since their defeat to Mallorca almost two months ago.

Before heading towards the all-important Clasico, the two teams have tricky weekend fixtures with Barcelona travelling to the Basque Country to face Real Sociedad while Real Madrid will play away to Valencia.