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Lionel Messi started the Champions League campaign doing what he does best.
In what is his first season skippering Barcelona, the five-time Ballon d'Or notched a sublime hat-trick in a 4-0 thrashing of PSV at the Nou Camp - kicking it all with a sublime 25-yard free-kick in the first half with his 101th goal in the competition.
PSV are the 30th team Messi has scored against in the Champions League, while he's also managed to find the net past an incredible 179 goalkeepers.
But he didn't stop there. Ousmane Dembele notched a second with a sublime goal before Messi struck in the 77th and 88th minute for a record-breaking eighth Champions League hat-trick.
Nobody has scored more hat-tricks in the Champions League than Lionel Messi :fire: pic.twitter.com/e9LG212O8I- infosmessi (@INFOSMESSl) September 18, 2018
Lionel Messi's Barcelona goals tally over the last decade:- bet365 (@bet365) September 18, 2018
2008-09: 38 in 51
2009-10: 47 in 53
2010-11: 53 in 55
2011-12: 73 in 60
2012-13: 60 in 50
2013-14: 41 in 46
2014-15: 58 in 57
2015-16: 41 in 49
2016-17: 54 in 52
2017-18: 45 in 54
2018-19: 7 in 6*
Going into tonight's game, Messi was tied with Ronaldo on seven UCL hat-tricks but he's moved ahead after doing the business tonight.
At the start of the season, Messi had spoke about making the Champions League a priority for the Blaugrana and he's well and truly set the bar with his performance tonight.
Here's to lots more Messi magic in the Champions League this season..
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