Lionel Messi talks up Barcelona's Champions League challenge

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Barcelona forward Lionel Messi believes that winning the Champions League this season is the team's principal objective because it's the hardest trophy to win, the most exciting competition to play in, and all the best teams on the continent are involved.

The Argentine star was speaking at another press day for FIFA 13, where he reflected positively on the Catalan club's impressive start to the new campaign.

Tito Vilanova has overseen Barcelona's best ever start in La Liga, as they sit an impressive 11 points clear of reigning champions Real Madrid, with 12 wins and one draw from their first 13 games.

Atletico Madrid are currently Barca's closest rivals just three points behind the pacesetters in second place, with prolific frontman Radamel Falcao helping fire Diego Simeone's side into title contention.

In the Champions League, Barcelona have already booked their place in the knockout phase, with 12 points from five games in Group G. Their winning run was halted by Celtic after a shock 1-0 defeat at Celtic Park in Gameweek Four, but the Spanish giants still sit comfortably above Benfica, Celtic and Spartak Moscow, with the second qualification place still up for grabs.

With holders Chelsea on the verge of exiting at the group stage, Barcelona's chances of reclaiming the trophy from the side that knocked them out at the semi-final stage last season have further improved, with the 2012 final showdown set to be played at Wembley in May.

Find out what Lionel Messi had to say about Barcelona's hopes of Champions League glory in the video above…

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