Messi hits hat-trick as Barcelona rout Ajax
The Argentinian striker was at his effortless best, despatching a fine first-half free-kick and then producing two clinical finishes either side of Gerard Pique's header.
Barca coach Tata Martino said afterwards: "It wasn't a brilliant match but we put in a strong performance.
"Our second half was better than our first. We controlled the game better, we pressured and we defended well."
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