Varane reveals the secret of keeping Messi calm

Stopping the Barcelona captain from running riot isn't impossible, the Merengue star affirms - but it's quite a one-man job

Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane has opened about the problem of keeping Lionel Messi quiet, confessing that it takes quite one man to stay tabs on the magical Argentine.

Varane has starred at the Bernabeu for nearly a decade since moving from Lens in 2011, lifting four Champions Leagues and two Liga titles during his stay.

But even Madrid's stellar center-back pairing of the Frenchman and Sergio Ramos has been made to suffer at the hands of Messi over the years.

Barcelona's captain is that the all-time top scorer in Spain's famous Clasico, netting no but 26 goals within the fixture to outgun the likes of Alfredo Di Stefano, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Cesar Rodriguez.

Last time round, however, Messi found little joy as he was squeezed call at a dour 0-0 draw at Camp Nou.

And while Varane admits that keeping the record-breaking forward quiet is not an easy task, he features a few ideas on the way to mark his adversary.

"You can't defend as you are doing with others and it takes teamwork. you cannot leave him room," the defender told La Liga when asked about Messi.

"Being a defender of Real Madrid means having the ability to form only a few mistakes. we've 50 meters of the sector behind us."

Varane was barely 18 when he swapped Lens for the pressure of the Bernabeu, but he has gone on to become a cornerstone of the Merengue backline alongside Ramos.

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The France international recalls that the Madrid captain and Pepe were role models for him as a young player, while he also searched for a different club legend.

"I was inspired by players like Pepe or Sergio Ramos because they're defenders and by someone like Cristiano Ronaldo, who is an example for any footballer," he added.

"Sergio Ramos features a winning mentality and features a great experience.

"[Coach Zinedine Zidane] may be a great example on behalf of me thanks to his serenity, his always positive being. I have been here for eight years and each time it's like ranging from scratch. I would like to offer my best for this shirt."