Barcelona burned out PSV 4-0 as the club’s stellar surpassed his main rival for Champions League hat-tricks, earning more plaudits from his coach.
Lionel Messi broke a tie with Cristiano Ronaldo as his eighth Champions League treble made him the most prolific hat-trick scorer in the competition’s history, earning him more high praise from Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde.
The Argentina superstar had been level with Ronaldo, but lit up Camp Nou with an incredible performance in Tuesday’s Group B encounter .
Barca had struggled for the opening half hour, but a vintage Messi free-kick broke the deadlock.
While Messi’s record-breaking showing made a fine start for Barcelona, the club are looking to break rival Madrid’s stranglehold on the Champions League, which the La Liga side have won the last three years.