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Lionel Messi: I am no dictator

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Messi does everything for the team. (©GettyImages)
Messi does everything for the team. (©GettyImages).

Lionel Messi has moved to dismiss Barcelona's a one-man team label, after the Camp Nou side recorded the best ever start to a La Liga season.

Barcelona have won 13 and drawn one of their 14 league games this season, and Messi has already scored 28 times in all competitions for Tito Vilanova's side.

Messi's goals have played a vital role in Barcelona's rapid start to the campaign, with Barca 11 points ahead of reigning champions Real Madrid, but the 25-year-old maintains that he works only for the team.

"Here at Barcelona, I have really learned to play in a team," Messi told ELF Voetball.

"In the Barcelona second team I learned a lot. At Barcelona they work quite differently to the rest of the world. I came from Argentina, where I did whatever I liked. Mostly it was running and little more. Here I really learned to play in a team.

"I am not a tin-pot dictator. I don't care what people say. My team-mates know that I am not like that, they know well what I am really like."

Messi has found the net ten times in his last five outings - all of which have come in pairs - to leave him just one goal behind Gerd Muller's record haul of 85 strikes in a calendar year for club and country.

Barcelona have four games remaining in 2012 for Messi to surpass Muller and create even more history, having posted the most potent season ever in European football with 73 goals last term.

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