Alexis Sanchez has set himself the sizable task of following in Lionel Messi's footsteps at Barcelona.

The Chilean international has enjoyed a fine start to life at the Nou Camp, impressing both domestically and in Europe following the £33 million summer switch from Udinese.

A firm fans' favourite, Sanchez added to his reputation with a goal in the 3-1 El Clasico victory against Real Madrid in December, and will be hoping to score more goals when the club get back to action following the winter break in Spain.

“At Barcelona I am going step-by-step. I know that I haven't done anything yet but I am happy for the career that I have had until this moment, most of all the performance I had at Udinese, when I had been chosen as one of the best players in Italy," he's quoted as saying by SkySports.com.

"On the other hand I find it important to keep on growing, and that is happening at Barcelona, where I learn very much from Lionel Messi, the best player in the world.

"This team wants to keep on winning things; I want to be at Barcelona for a long time. I want to follow the way Messi has gone. That means to win everything."

Despite his short spell under the guidance of Pep Guardiola, Sanchez has claimed silverware in the shape of the Spanish Supercopa, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup.

However, success this season will be judged on Barca's ability to retain their Champions League and La Liga titles, and Sanchez will have to be braced for a battle with Real Madrid on both fronts in the race for trophies in 2012.

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