Four-time FIFA World Player of the Year Lionel Messi has said victory in the season’s first El Clasico against Real Madrid on Saturday is more important than the personal glory of becoming La Liga‘s all-time leading goalscorer.
“The record is less important. The important thing is that we play well and win.” said Barcelona forward Lionel Messi.
Messi is just one short of Telmo Zarra‘s 251-goal record which has stood since 1955 and could enter the record books once more on rival territory as Barcelona look to consolidate their four-point lead over Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu.
However, the Argentine joined coach Luis Enrique in playing down the importance of the match in the title race with just eight games of the season played. “It is a Clasico and it is always nice to play in it, but it won’t decide anything.
Leo Messi was happy with his side’s 3-1 Champions League win over Ajax and is looking forward to the team playing well and beating Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu this weekend.
In his post-match interview, Messi first spoke about his budding partnership with Neymar and the arrival of Luis Suarez.
“Neymar and I both support the team by scoring goals and every time out we understand each other better on the pitch. We’re very eagerly awaiting the arrival of Luis Suarez. He went through a rough time not being able to step out on the pitch.”
“It is good that Neymar and I are in form together, looking for each other with the ball, and having fun. It is done for the good of the team. It is done so that the team can win. That is the crucial thing. Of course I hope that Neymar and I can continue playing like this and enjoying it.”
Messi went on to discuss this Saturday’s El Clasico at the Santiago Bernabeu, where he could tie or break Telmo Zarra’s La Liga scoring record.
“We’re going there to do the best we possibly can and win. It is a Clasico and it is always nice to play in it, but this match won’t decide anything and there’s a lot left in the season, but we’re going there to try and win and play well. What’s important is beating Real Madrid, not breaking Zarra’s record.”