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'We Have to Win This However we Can' - Lionel Messi's Inspirational Speech Before Barcelona's Win Over Valladolid

Arjun Singh Devgan
Lionel Messi is the all-time record appearance maker for Barcelona in their history
Lionel Messi is the all-time record appearance maker for Barcelona in their history / Alex Caparros/Getty Images

Barcelona talisman, Lionel Messi reportedly gave his fellow club team-mates an inspirational speech ahead of their crucial win over Real Valladolid in LaLiga on Monday, with the club skipper urging his side to give everything they have on the pitch.

Ousmane Dembele's 90th minute goal gave the Catalan giants a 1-0 win on the night, a result which saw Ronald Koeman's side move to within one point of Atletico Madrid at the top of the league table.

Ahead of the game, Messi was pictured in the tunnel motivating the team and hammering home the importance of the match ahead, with the star telling them, "We have to step it up a gear. We have to play with more rhythm. We have to win this however we can."

It was special night for the Argentinian superstar as he was honoured with a special commemorative framed club shirt by the management before the game in order to celebrate him breaking the all-time record appearance of the club.

Messi overtook club legend, Xavi Hernandez in the appearances list for Barcelona - with the star making his 768th appearance during their 6-1 thrashing of Real Sociedad in their last league outing, with the striker now holding almost all the records of the club in their history.

The striker has been his usual brilliant self in front of goal this season, scoring 29 goals in all competitions so far and he will need to continue this form if the Catalan giants are to end with a trophy to their name come the end of the campaign.