Lionel Messi has admitted it was ‘important’ his Barcelona side started their Champions League campaign with a win.

The Argentine attacker bagged a hat-trick in the Blaugrana’s 4-0 win over Ajax on Wednesday.

“It was important to start with a win at home,” he told reporters.

“Nice hat-trick? Thank you very much."

"I think it's good we add alternatives to our game, we also have players to play a good counter-attack.”

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