Lionel Messi seems to set a new record every time he sets foot on a pitch at the moment, and he rewrote the history books again on Tuesday night.
The Barcelona captain started off with a brilliant free-kick to open the scoring, added a second after a neat ball by Ivan Rakitic and then added a third with just minutes of normal time remaining.
It’s Messi’s eighth hat-trick in the Champions League and that’s more than any other player has ever managed.
8 - Lionel Messi has scored more hat-tricks than any other player in Champions League/European Cup history. Mesmeric. pic.twitter.com/7kbEUCk8bb— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 18, 2018
Before the Joan Gamper Trophy in August Messi promised he’d do everything to bring the Champions League back to Barcelona. He certainly seemed in determined mood against PSV.