Cesc Fabregas has again defended the form of Barcelona star Lionel Messi.

Fabregas has ridiculed criticism of Messi's recent performances.

"I haven't heard any arguments," he said. "He's my age. If you see the progress he's made, I don't think I'll ever see it again. He's won everything, except the World Cup.

"He scores goals every game, makes them, always plays. He's a fabulous player, physically and mentally.

"If there are doubts about Messi, I don't know how they see the rest of us. I've never played with a player like him, either at youth level or professionally.

"He's humble, never hides, always gives everything for the team, and loves the club. There's nothing more to say."