KEY POINTS

  • Varane joined Real Madrid in 2011
  • Messi is easily one of the greatest in the sport
  • Table-toppers Barca lead Real on goal difference in the current La Liga season

Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane has suggested that it is not impossible to stop Lionel Messi on the field, a job that required a team effort.

The defender, who joined Real Madrid from Lens in 2011, has been with the Spanish giants for a decade now having won multiple titles including four Champions League trophies and two La Liga titles.

In a recent interview when he was asked about Messi, Varane said that keeping the Argentine quiet on the field is not an easy task but a team effort can surely make that happen.

“You can't defend as you do with others and it takes teamwork. You can't leave him room," Varane added.

Lionel Messi scored on his 700th appearance for Barcelona on Wednesday in a 3-1 win over Borussia Dortmund. Lionel Messi Photo: AFP / Josep LAGO

Even though he and Real captain Sergio Ramos has established a great partnership in the middle, Messi has given them some tough days over the years.

“Being a defender of Real Madrid means being able to make very few mistakes. We have 50 meters of the field behind us,” Varane, who joined Real when he was a teenager, further explained.

Varane, who has a contract with Real until 2022, spoke about the players who inspired him as a budding footballer. The Frenchman mentioned that he idolized players such as Pepe, Ramos and Cristiano Ronaldo.

“I was inspired by players like Pepe or Sergio Ramos because they are defenders and by someone like Cristiano Ronaldo, who is an example for any footballer. Sergio Ramos has a winning mentality and has a great experience.[Coach Zinedine Zidane] Is a great example for me due to his serenity, his always positive being. I've been here for eight years and every time it's like starting from scratch. I want to give my best for this shirt,” Varane added further.

Real will look to defeat Seville and earn the crucial three points as they are currently tied in points with arch-rivals FC Barcelona. The reigning champions Barca, who next face Granada, are on the top of the points table over goal difference.