Ernesto Valverde didn’t hold back in his praise for Lionel Messi after the Barcelona captain scored a hat-trick in Tuesday’s 4-0 win over PSV Eindhoven.
It’s a great start to Barcelona’s Champions League campaign with Messi simply too good for the Dutch champions.
Ousmane Dembele also scored a brilliant goal for Barcelona, but it was Messi who Valverde spoke at length about after the game.
“It’s a blessing to have Messi in your side and a problem for anyone that doesn’t [have him],” he said.
”He makes the extraordinary look routine. Today he scored three goals, with the free kick coming at the moment we needed it in terms of opening the game up. It was a magisterial free-kick, and he never tires of scoring hat-tricks.
”We’re seeing something unique, something that hasn’t been seen for many years. As a player in La Liga, I don’t remember anyone like him. And it will be tough to find anyone else like him in the future.
“We have seen some great free-kick takers in the past, but I don’t know if we’ve seen anyone with the effectiveness of Messi at the moment.
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Barcelona’s next Champions League game is at Wembley Stadium against Tottenham in early October. Spurs will be in need of a result after going down 2-1 to Inter Milan in their opener.