Lionel Messi Wants 3rd Barcelona Treble, Targets Champions League 'Dessert'

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistOctober 4, 2018

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 03: Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona celebrates their 3rd goal during the Group B match of the UEFA Champions League between Tottenham Hotspur and FC Barcelona at Wembley Stadium on October 3, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)
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Lionel Messi has revealed his hope of winning a third treble with Barcelona this season and described the UEFA Champions League as the "dessert" at the end of the campaign. 

Barca haven't won the Champions League since 2015, but Messi also wants the side to win La Liga and the Copa del Rey this year.

He told Movistar (h/t MailOnline's Amitai Winehouse): 

"The Champions League is the dessert for everyone, but to get it you have to be good in the league and cup.

"You have to be good in the league to be well in the Champions League. We will not leave aside any competition.

"The Champions League is special but we will fight for the league and cup."

The Argentinian was speaking after he scored twice for Barca in a 4-2 win over Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday.

Squawka's Muhammad Butt was impressed—not only with Messi but with many other Barcelona players:

Barcelona's victory came after three winless matches in La Liga. The Blaugrana have won the Spanish top flight in three of the past four years and were expected by some to win it again this season now that close rivals Real Madrid are without Cristiano Ronaldo, but both teams are level after seven games.

Grup 14's Rafael Hernandez felt the result and performance was much needed in the context of Barca's recent results and struggles in the Champions League:

Messi helped Barcelona win trebles in 2009 and 2015, and in the years since the latter, they have exited at the quarter-final stage of Europe's elite club competition three seasons running.

Barca have had much more success in the Copa del Rey, having won that four years in a row.

Reclaiming the European Cup may be a big ambition for the team this year, but it seems they are not prepared to sacrifice success in other competitions to do it.

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