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Four-time FIFA World Player of the season Lionel Messi says victory inside season's first El Clasico against Real Madrid on Saturday might be more important compared to the personal glory of becoming La Liga's all-time leading goalscorer.


Messi is actually simply one lacking Telmo Zarra's 251-goal record containing stood since 1955 and may even enter the record books again on rival territory as Barcelona turn to consolidate their four-point lead over Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu.


However, the Argentine joined coach Luis Enrique in playing down value of the match within the title race with just eight games with the season played. "This can be a Clasico which is always nice to experience within it, however it won't decide anything.


"There exists still a considerable ways to go, but we will play to win remember. The record is less important. The # 1 consideration is that we play well and win."Messi was substituted together with Neymar and Andres Iniesta over the last half of Barcelona's 3-1 enlighten Ajax on Tuesday as coach Luis Enrique looked ahead to his first stop by to the Bernabeu as Barcelona boss.


Controversy ensued when Messi appeared to dismiss Enrique's pleas to come off during Saturday's 3-0 make an impression on Eibar, but Messi insisted it is usually Enrique who may have the ultimate say on substitutions.


"I've heard what has been said, but he's the coach and hubby may take me off when he needs to. There is absolutely no problem."


Messi and Neymar have combined for 19 of the side's 28 goals this season and also the Barcelona frontline will have even more star power at the Bernabeu as Luis Suarez cost nothing to produce his debut for the club having served his four-month ban for biting in the 2014 FIFA World Cup?.


"I am desperately awaiting the return of Luis while he will deliver us a lot of strength as a team," added Messi. "He's a terrific striker who will score many goals. I will be happy for him as they has spent time and effort without playing."


After first-half goals from Neymar and Messi, Ajax briefly threatened a fightback when Anwar El Ghazi reduced the arrears two minutes from time as soon as the South American duo and Iniesta have been withdrawn.

— Friday, October 24, 2014