Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde praises Messi after hat-trick against PSV

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring the first of his three goals

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring the first of his three goals

On Leo Messi's hat-trick, Van Bommel stated: "We are facing the best player in the world, I do not care if he wins the Ballon d'Or or not, he has been the best for years, that is indisputable".

However, the hosts would open the scoring just past the half-hour mark when Messi curled in an unstoppable free kick from just outside the penalty area after Ousmane Dembele was fouled following a hard-charging run from midfield.

Messi has lifted the Champions League four times with Barca since making his debut in 2004, although the Catalans have underachieved in the competition since last winning it in 2015.

Going into tonight's game, Messi was tied with Ronaldo on seven UCL hat-tricks but he's moved ahead after doing the business tonight.

"It is always special and even more so if Lionel Messi puts it like that as this could be a year of a lot of trophies, " the Croatia global explained according to Dailymail. He has never scored more in a year. Lozano also iterated that it would be a dream to play for the La Liga champions one day, although he remains committed to PSV for now.

Messi half-volleyed Ivan Rakitic's aerial pass home for their third before Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti was sent off for two yellow cards.

Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum looks to evade Kylian Mbappe
GETTY IMAGES Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum looks to evade Kylian Mbappe

Messi's left foot is arguably the most deadly weapon in football, but his right isn't bad either, as he proved with this hat-trick which came entirely from his "weaker" foot.

Ousmane Dembele also bagged a goal, his fifth of the season, as Blaugrana made the ideal start to their European campaign.

"Playing at Camp Nou is a dream of mine, and we'll have to deliver our best effort in order to try winning it. Barça being keen on me last summer?"

Barcelona and PSV are in a tough group, with Inter Milan and Tottenham rounding out what many consider to be this season's group of death.

They have failed to get beyond the quarterfinals for the last three seasons while arch rivals Real Madrid have won club soccer's most coveted prize three years in a row.

PSV are the 30th team Messi has scored against in the Champions League, .

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