New season, same old Lionel Messi.
The Barcelona talisman started his Champions League campaign in top form on Tuesday, scoring a spectacular hat-trick as PSV Eindhoven were thrashed 4-0 at the Nou Camp.
The Argentine opened the scoring in the 31st minute with a trademark free kick, before he slid in an exquisite volley on 77 minutes for his second.
Lionel Messi channelling Jonny Wilkinson for the first goal of the 48th hat-trick of his career.pic.twitter.com/eRM1AVegI9
— Nick Harris (@sportingintel) September 18, 2018
The hat-trick was complete 10 minutes later when he ran on to a Suarez pass to flick the ball past Jeroen Zoet and into the corner.
— FútbolMatrix ⚽ (@FutboIMatrix) September 18, 2018
It was a remarkable 42nd treble for Messi in his Barcelona career, and a record eighth in the Champions League – taking him one ahead of fierce rival Cristiano Ronaldo.
It also took his tally in the competition to 104 goals in
How many more can he get?
— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) September 18, 2018
It’s funny how Messi scored a hat trick and nobody even cares! Shows you how inhuman he is! You can try to compliment other players by giving them individual awards but this man makes what makes other extraordinary look normal 😀😀
— DAYG (@deji1414) September 18, 2018
If you don't think that Messi is the greatest player of all time, you don't know football. It's that simple🤘❤️
— 🦋 (@iAdokano) September 18, 2018
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— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) September 18, 2018