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Messi took his tally to 62 Champions League goals and became the first player to score more than four hat-tricks in the competition. It was his 24th hat-trick for Barça.

A day after Cristiano Ronaldo hit three in Real Madrid’s 6-1 thumping of Galatasaray, Messi reminded everyone who is still the four-time reigning Ballon d’Or winner.

Despite boasting eight European Cup and Champions League crowns between them, Barcelona and Ajax had never met before their Group H encounter at the Nou Camp.

And typically it was a dazzling display from Messi that got the 2009 and 2011 winners off to the ideal start. Afterwards he dedicated the victory to Barça coach Gerard Martino, who will fly home to Argentina to attend his father’s funeral.

“It was a special game. It is a shame what has happened and he is suffering, but we are all with him in this moment,” he said.

Messi’s first goal had an air of inevitability about it after he was felled on the edge of the area – he stepped up to curl home a free-kick.

And his second came from another of Messi’s classic moves as he took a pass from Sergio Busquets on the right before cutting inside on to his left foot to shoot home.

Centre-back Gerard Pique headed home a pinpoint Neymar cross from the left having stayed up for a corner, but Messi did not allow anyone else to hog the limelight for long as he fired home his third from Xavi’s pass 15 minutes from time.

Things got worse for Ajax as Kolbeinn Sigthorsson saw a penalty saved by Victor Valdes.

Schalke bettered Basle’s achievement in Chelsea’s group with three goals in the final quarter to beat Steaua Bucharest 3-0.

Japan’s Atsuto Uchida, Ghana midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng and Germany international Julien Draxler claimed the goals.

Last season’s runners-up, Borussia Dortmund, suffered a poor start to their campaign as they went down 2-1 at Napoli in Arsenal’s Group F.

It was a sorry night for the Germans, who thumped Hamburg 6-2 at the weekend, as coach Jürgen Klopp and goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller were both given their marching orders after Gonzalo Higuain had given the Italians the lead.

Lorenzo Insigne doubled Napoli’s advantage before an own goal from Camilo Zuniga late on gave Borussia scant consolation.

Atletico Madrid made it a night to remember for the Spanish with a 3-1 win over visitors Zenit St Petersburg.

Miranda put them in front before powerful Brazil forward Hulk equalised. But goals from Arda Turan and Leo sent Atletico to the top of Group G, ahead of Porto, who won 1-0 at Austria Vienna thanks to Lucho Gonzalez’s goal.

Source: Telegraph

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