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We want more trophies - Messi

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Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi has warned the world that Pep Guardiola's team are hungrier than ever after confirming their place among history's greatest sides at Wembley on Saturday.

The revered Catalans earned Guardiola his second Champions League trophy in three seasons and the club's fourth in total with an awesome 3-1 win over Manchester United in London. Messi, who characteristically scored Barca's winner with an excellent opportunist strike in the second half, has now won the European Cup three times.

But the Argentinian, still just 23, wants so much more. "This team is incredible," he said. "I think we can't really fully appreciate what we're doing, what we are achieving. We want to keep winning trophies - and we can keep going further and further."

Even the modest Messi had to acknowledge the gulf in class.

"We were superior against Manchester United and deserved the win," he said. "It is another cup for us and I managed to score a goal again. I saw a bit of space there, the goalkeeper came out a bit and luckily it went in.

"Now we're going on holiday - after taking the cup home to our people - then we will start thinking about what we can achieve next season."

Victory saw Guardiola lift the European Cup as a coach 19 years after winning Barca's first as a player at Wembley.

It came, too, against the side Barca edged in Rome two years ago when the Catalans' class prevailed in a 2-0 win over Sir Alex Ferguson's United.

"We're pleased with the win because of how we did it, against Manchester United, one of the greats," Guardiola said.

"We have produced something extraordinary, though, and we have four European Cups now, joining Ajax and Bayern Munich."

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