Lionel Messi opens Barcelona's Champions League campaign with a hat trick

Hirving Lozano in the pre Barcelona press conference

Ivan Rakitic wants many more goals from Lionel Messi after the Barcelona captain scored a hat-trick in the club's Champions League rout of PSV.

A stunning Mauro Icardi volley sparked a stunning late Inter Milan comeback as the Italian side beat Tottenham 2-1 on their return to the Champions League after a seven-year absence.

Barcelona's Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring the opening goal against PSV Eindhoven.

"Today he scored three goals but his first strike opened the game up".

Suarez then teed up Messi for his third as the Argentina worldwide calmly slotted home from 10 yards away to put the result even further out of reach.

"He is an unbalancing player and he is scoring important goals".

PSV Eindhoven fell victim to Leo Messi, last night, as he dissected their defense single-handedly. Both of which were quintessential goals from the Argentinian superstar, who now has scored more Champions League/European Cup hat tricks than any other player.

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However, some controversy had already occurred ahead of the game as Barcelona ultras attacked the visitors in a violent clash which saw flares and bottles thrown between the two sets of supporters.

At Anfield, Mbappe scored his 11th Champions League goal since he made his debut in the tournament during the 2016-17 season. "It was a magisterial free kick", Valverde added.

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.

Dembele lashed home Barcelona's second from long range in the 74th minute before Messi rounded off another dazzling display despite French defender Samuel Umtiti's late red card for two bookable offences. He can get even better'.

"They were very motivated and they have started their league season well".

Barca will face gruelling competition to win the trophy from the likes of Manchester City, Liverpool, Juventus and Real Madrid should they progress to the last 16.

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