Messi 'not worried about scoring' for Barcelona as long as they win

The Argentine superstar hailed the Blaugrana's victory over Benfica on Tuesday night, and lamented the injury suffered by captain Carles Puyol during the game
Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has insisted winning is more important than scoring goals, after Tito Vilanova's outfit surged to a 2-0 victory over Benfica in Portugal.

Strikes in either half from Alexis Sanchez and Cesc Fabregas proved enough to earn the Primera Division front-runners victory at the Estadio da Luz, Barcelona's second win in Group G.

"Not scoring? I'm not worried about scoring, that's not the goal of a game," said Messi after the match. "The goal is to win the game."

"It's always nice to see [childhood idol] Pablo Aimar. Now we'll start to prepare for the Clasico tomorrow. There will be no revenge [for the Spanish Super Cup], we are just motivated to continue winning in the Liga.

Meanwhile, the club has confirmed that veteran stopper Carles Puyol dislocated his left elbow after landing awkwardly in the second half, effectively ruling the 34-year-old out of his side's crunch encounter against Real Madrid at the weekend.

"Puyol's injury is a real shame, he was just coming back from one. I don't yet know how long he will be out for though."

Despite Puyol's enforced absence, Vilanova will be crossing his fingers defensive partner Gerard Pique is passed fit for Sunday's match at Camp Nou.