Messi targets Raul's Champions League record

The prolific attacker is keen to add his name to the record books by overtaking the Real Madrid legend on 71 goals, but added that success with Barca remains his top priority

Barcelona attacker Lionel Messi has targeted breaking Real Madrid icon Raul's Champions League goalscoring record - but added that winning trophies remains his main objective.

The Argentina international netted a hat-trick in the Catalan's 4-0 group stage win over Ajax on Wednesday to take his tally to 62, leaving him just nine shy of the former Spain striker's haul of 71.

And the South American magician admitted he would love to surpass the Los Blancos legend, but insisted his team's performance in the competition remains more important.

"The idea of overtaking Raul at the top of the all-time Champions League scoring charts is a fine challenge," Messi was quoted as saying on the official Uefa website.

"It is not essential, though. We, as a team, have other more important objectives. For example, to get as far as we are capable of in this competition. To try to win it again.

"Obviously I am pleased that my hat-trick makes it 62 Champions League goals but above that is the result and how our team played.

"Whether the right number of goals come for me this season or not is less important."

Messi will be looking to add to his tally on matchday two when Barca travel to Celtic.