Arch-rivals Real Madrid have won the trophy in each of the three years since, an unprecedented streak that has rankled at the Nou Camp even though the Catalans won La Liga in two of those three seasons.
“This year I think we have a squad that allows us to dream. The new players are going to help us be better than before,” Messi said.
“Last season was very good because we won the cup and La Liga but the Champions League sticks in our throat, especially given the way we were eliminated,” he added, referring to Barcelona’s 3-0 defeat in the second leg of the quarter-final against Roma, having won 4-1 at home.
“We promise you this year we’re going to do everything possible so that this beautiful and much sought after cup comes back to the Camp Nou again.
Messi, who has won the Champions League four times, is the newly-installed club captain at Barcelona, after legend Andres Iniesta left for Japan following the end of last season.
“We’re going to miss the great Andres a lot this year,” said Messi.
“It’s a great honour to be the captain and I know what that means at this club. I was lucky to have great examples like (Carles) Puyol, Xavi and Andres (Iniesta).”
Barcelona won the Spanish Super Cup on Sunday after defeating Sevilla 2-1, and begin the defence of their La Liga title on Sunday, at home to Deportivo Alaves.
Fresh from his stunning 180° turn and finish for Vissel Kobe in last weekend’s 2-1 J1 League triumph over Jubilo Iwata, the Barcelona legend was at it again on Wednesday.
The Blaugrana icon scored an absolute rocket against Sanfrecce Hiroshima, sending an equaliser into the top corner from 30 yards.
On this evidence, could he have had another year at Barcelona?
He’s only gone and done it AGAIN! 😲
Iniesta’s second goal for Vissel Kobe is an absolute beauty! 🔥🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/n8sxpgxQ7i
— Goal (@goal) August 15, 2018
Good morning, Barcelona fans. Jay Asser here, along with the rest of the Sport360 team, bringing you the latest news from the Camp Nou.
10:10pm – Juve’s Rabiot raid?
Juventus are reportedly considering whether they can tempt Paris Saint-Germain into a late sale of France midfielder Adrien Rabiot.
Rabiot, 23, has turned down repeat overtures from the Ligue 1 champions to extend a contract that expires next summer. This has caused sustained links to Barcelona.
2:27pm – Marlon receiving interest from Schalke
Barcelona defender Marlon could be headed out the door and to the Bundesliga, with Schalke keen on adding him to their squad, according to Sport.
Marlon spent last term on loan at Nice and has recently been the subject of a €12million bid from Serie A outfit Sassuolo.
11:41am – Messi set to miss Argentina’s next four friendlies
Lionel Messi will not be in action when Argentina face Guatemala and Colombia later this year, or for two other unconfirmed friendlies, according to reports.
That doesn’t necessarily mean Messi is stepping away from international football for good, but don’t expect to see him in uniform for La Albiceleste in the near future.