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Lionel Messi is the Champions League's hat-trick king

20 September 2018

Lionel Messi scored the eighth Champions League hat-trick of his career as 10-man Barcelona recovered from a disappointing start to thrash PSV 4-0 in Group B.

Mauro Icardi's superb volley levelled the scores in the 86th minute and Matias Vecino headed a stoppage-time victor at the San Siro.

Since then, Messi hasn't stopped against opponents from anywhere around Europe, with Arsenal being his major victim as he has scored nine times against the Gunners.

However absurd it sounds, Lionel Messi still has an area of his game he needs to improve. In doing so, he darted to the summit of the Champions League top scorers' list thins season and set yet another record in European soccer's elite competition. Netted the second himself after a brilliant turn, curling home from distance to continue his goal-scoring form this season.

"They were very motivated and they have started their league season well".

He is playing about as well as he always has, which is hard to fathom given the utter domination he continues to inflict on what is probably the best league in the world.

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PSV Eindhoven lost their defender Samuel Umtiti on the 79th minute for a second yellow card.

In the same group, Christian Pulisic celebrated his 20th birthday in style by scoring a fortunate late goal that gave Borussia Dortmund a 1-0 win away to Club Brugge. "It's not easy because this is the Champions League".

The France global struggled for the club after signing from Borussia Dortmund a year ago.

"It was great to come back after injury to and to be back with the team", said Pulisic, who made his 100th appearance for the club. "Practising them is not the same as taking them in a game", said Messi.

Van Bommel spoke to the media afterwards and stated the opening goal was decisive, "The foul before the free-kick was very important in deciding the game". "In any of us it would be abnormal, but he does extraordinary things and makes them routine".

Lionel Messi is the Champions League's hat-trick king