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Andres Iniesta says Lionel Messi had no problem with being a substitute

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Andres Iniesta has insisted Lionel Messi had no problem with being among the substitutes for Barcelona's game with Atletico Madrid.

The Argentine superstar came off the bench, replacing Ivan Rakitic after 60 minutes, to claim the winning goal and preserve the Catalan club's 100 per cent start to the La Liga season.

Having been in South America on international duty and missing training on Friday for the birth of his second son, Luis Enrique opted to leave him out of the starting line-up at the Vicente Calderon.

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As per FourFourTwo, Iniesta believes the Argentinian was not upset with Enrique's decision, saying: "He's not angry at being left out. It's normal after the journey and everything that's happened over the last few days.

"Ultimately, it's the work of everyone that helps the team go forward. Leo is a unique player, he makes a difference and today he did it again. I'm very happy for him and the team."

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Messi opened his goalscoring account for the season at the Calderon and will be looking to make up the gap on Cristiano Ronaldo, who bagged five in Real Madrid's demolition of Espanyol.

Barcelona have an early advantage over both Madrid clubs in the league and will be hoping to increase the gap before the first El Clasico on November 22.

The Blaugrana begin the defence of their Champions League crown in midweek, with a trip to Roma, and Messi is likely to be back in the starting line-up at the Stadio Olimpico.

The 28-year-old's 77 goals in Europe's elite competition puts him top of the all-time goalscoring list alongside Ronaldo, and the four-time Ballon d'Or winner will surely want to move ahead of the former Manchester United man.

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