Champions League: Messi scores hat-trick fires Barcelona to victory

Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde

Lionel MESSI scored a hat trick for FC Barcelona in their 4-0 win against PSV Eindhoven in the UEFA Champions League.

On the opening matchday of the 2018/19 competition the standout performance came from Barcelona with a hat-trick from Lionel Messi as the Blaugrana demolished PSV Eindhoven in Spain. He has now scored in 14 different Champions League campaigns, with only Raul and Ryan Giggs ahead of him on 15 and 16 respectively. He scored five goals and assisted two as part of a red-hot Liverpool attack in the group stages last season, so he will be hoping to continue that form on this season.

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PSV's coach Mark van Bommel knows what it feels like to walk out at the Camp Nou - he had a successful, albeit short, spell playing for Barca - but few of his players did. However, Messi took the game by the scruff of the neck in the second half, delivering a reminder, as if one were needed, that this is a team that can put any opponent to the sword.

Barcelona are top of Group B after sweeping PSV to the side in a 4-0 thrashing, with Inter Milan on the same number of points after they made a fantastic comeback against Tottenham Hotspur.

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Ivan Rakitic warns Barcelona's Champions League rivals that the Spanish champions are "not at 100%". "It's not easy because this is the Champions League".

The 2018/19 Europe's elite club competition will kick-off on Tuesday, September 18 with the best European sides set to compete against each other in the tournament. "Hopefully it's a year with a lot of titles". This was a vintage display from an incredible player who shows no sign of slowing down.

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"It was hard to make the first goal, in the second half we started well, dominating the game, but at 1-0 there was danger, with the second goal we were calmer". "Practising them is not the same as taking them in a game", said Messi. "In any of us it would be abnormal, but he does extraordinary things and makes them routine".

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