Messi opens new Champions League campaign in some style

    Leo Messi has opened his Champions League 2018-2018 goalscoring account on the opening matchday with a hat-trick, as Barcelona swept PSV Eindhoven aside with a stunning 4-0 victory at Camp Nou.The five-time Ballon d’Or has become the first player to notch eight hat-tricks in the most prestigious international competition in Europe, breaking a tie with Cristiano Ronaldo. The Argentinean wizard’s astonishing free-kick that has put the Blaugrana in front only confirmed he is going to be a protagonist of another Champions League campaign. Ernesto Valverde has praised his talisman after the encounter, emphasizing Messi’s importance for the Catalan heavyweights.“Messi is normal because we always see it,” the former Athletic Bilbao boss stated.“In any of us it would be abnormal, but he does extraordinary things and makes them routine.”  

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