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Messi playing Barca team game

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Lionel Messi believes the key to his individual honours is the team effort behind success at Barcelona.

The two-time Fifa Ballon d'Or winner is widely regarded as the world's best player, with the Argentine international again on the shortlist for the coveted award this year.

His individual success has been mirrored by that of his club, who have claimed three La Liga and two Champions League titles since the 2008/09 season.

And, whilst the diminutive 24-year-old steals the limelight at the Nou Camp, it's working alongside the likes of Xavi and Anders Iniesta which bring the playmaker most joy.

"I don't consider myself the best in the world. If I am what they say, I repeat, it is thanks to my team-mates. We have done all this work together," he told Onze.

"I have the great fortune to play with Xavi and Iniesta. They are players that I admire for their class and influence over the game. I have a very good relationship with them. They have become my friends.

"I think this team will be remembered for all the trophies we have won. This side has changed the course of the game and the vision of football and the way it is played. What is certain is that we will become legendary."

Messi was speaking ahead of Barca's Champions League Group H clash against AC Milan tonight, with victory needed to secure their place at the top of the table following the 2-2 draw in Catalonia in week one of fixtures.

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