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Messi wants Barca success to follow accolades

29 July 2013 14:40

Lionel Messi says that winning individual honours spurs him on to greater heights, but that success with Barcelona is his ultimate aim.

The 26-year-old, who is widely regarded as the best player in the world, has won the Ballon d'Or for the past four years while also leading Barca to a string of trophy successes.

He has now been given another individual accolade after winning the Goal 50 award as the world's best player.

However, the Argentine insists that he also wants to help the Spanish giants to glory.

"I'm very excited about this," he told Goal.

"As players, we work the entire year to win honours for the team, we don't look for the individual awards, but when they come it's an incentive and gives us strength to continue on the same path."

Messi emerged from Barca's famed La Masia youth academy to make his first-team debut in October 2004 against Espanyol.

He has since helped the club to six Liga titles, two Copa del Rey wins and victory in three UEFA Champions League campaigns, scoring 313 goals in 379 appearances.

Messi also has 82 Argentina caps to his name and has taken part in two World Cups.

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