New season, same old Messi.
The Barcelona talisman started his Champions League campaign in blistering form on Tuesday, scoring a spectacular hat-trick as PSV Eindhoven were thrashed at the Nou Camp.
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 31-year-old 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.
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 103 goals, while 61 goals in 64 were netted in group stage games - another record held by the Argentine maestro.
Champions League all-time top scorers:
1. Cristiano Ronaldo – 120
2. Lionel Messi – 103
3. Raul – 71
4. Ruud van Nistelrooy – 56
5. Karim Benzema – 56