Messi's Champions League conquest

Messi's Champions League conquest

Earlier, NAIJ.com had reported how Spanish La Liga champions Barcelona on Tuesday night, September 18, began their campaign in the 2018/19 Champions League will an emphatic 4-0 win over visiting PSV Eindhoven.

With his latest hat-trick, he now leads his great rival Cristiano Ronaldo 63-60 in total group-stage goals.

Messi marked other milestones too.

"Normally if you score a hat-trick you frame it. Messi makes the extraordinary look routine", Valverde said while praising Messi's first goal. "He said he wanted this Champions and he led by example".

Christian Pulisic scored in the 85th minute to give Borussia Dortmund a 1-0 win at Club Brugge, Schalke and Porto drew 1-1 with goals from Breel Embolo and an Otavio penalty respectively, while Red Star Belgrade versus Napoli ended goalless.

"Dembele has continuity and he has made a place because he has won it", he said.

Dembele was fouled by Nick Viergever and Messi nonchalantly curled the ball into the top-right corner beyond a helpless Jeroen Zoet.

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"What a left foot he has", Rakitic told reporters.

What did you make of Messi's free-kick? Eight free-kicks converted this year, another personal record broken.

Even with 10 men, Messi completed his set for a 4-0 win.

Barcelona put on a show for their fans inside the stadium with some incredible goals but they would have hoped things would have gone as smoothly off the pitch as things did on it. See the shocking footage below.

Messi inherited the captain's armband after Andres Iniesta departed last June and made a pointed speech about his team's recent failings in the Champions League last month, telling fans on the Nou Camp pitch: "I promise to do everything to bring that attractive trophy back here".

DF Gerard Pique, 6 - Looked anxious as Bergwijn ran at him but made up for not being able to stop the winger with an excellent block from Hirving Lozano's strike as PSV broke into the box searching for the equaliser.

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring the first of his three goals.

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