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Lionel Messi: This is why I love Barcelona

The Argentina international has admitted that he is indebted to the Catalan club for the faith they have shown in him.

Ahead of this weekend’s Champions League final, an array of superstars that have cost both Barcelona and Juventus millions of pounds will take to the stage to fight it out for glory in Berlin.

However, ironically the brightest star of all, cost the Catalan club nothing.

Lionel Messi has been a driving force for the Camp Nou club for the entirety of his career, with his performances in the 2014-15 season taking him to another level.

The South American maestro is Luis Enrique’s attacking talisman, and has played a key role in the Blaugrana already claiming glory in La Liga and the Copa del Rey.

Ahead of the clash with Juventus in Berlin, Messi has spoken out about his love for the Catalan club.

"Coming here was a big leap not just for my footballing career but also personally,” the South American is quoted as saying by Marca.

“I grew up at this club and I love the club a lot because of all the help they've given me".

A number of other La Masia graduates will also be on show for the Camp Nou side, with the likes of Andres Iniesta, Xavi, Pedro and Sergio Busquets all coming through Barcelona’s youth system also.

The Catalans are favourites to win the match, but Juventus are also chasing a memorable treble and will be no soft touches in the final.

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