Barca lead Champions League Group B on goal difference after Inter Milan beat Tottenham 2-1. "I hope he goes on and on like this forever and scores many more goals". Messi's stunning 20-yard free kick broke the deadlock, whisked high over Zoet and into the top corner.
Only when Barca were three ahead was Samuel Umtiti sent off for a second yellow card, and with 10 men, Messi completed his hat-trick for a 4-0 win. This was Messi's second free-kick goal in three home games this season.
Lionel Messi looked every bit a man on a mission.
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They moved through the gears after the restart but found PSV dogged in defence, with two further excellent goals needed to make the points safe.
That this comes on the heels of Argentina's disastrous World Cup performance, and the clear disdain felt by Messi as he endured the drama of it all, is interesting context for another GOAT season. He netted two more goals from passes by Ivan Rakitic and Luis Suarez.
Ousmane Dembele also bagged a goal, his fifth of the season, as Blaugrana made the flawless start to their European campaign. Curiously, it's the third hat-trick that he has scored in first game of the group phase. Emerging from La Masia as a fledgeling forward with an outrageously deadly left-boot, Messi would have been low on the free-kick pecking order while the likes of Ronaldinho and Deco were lighting up the Camp Nou during his formative years.
PSV's coach Mark van Bommel knows what it feels like to walk out at the Camp Nou - he had a successful, albeit short, spell playing for Barca - but few of his players did.
Red Star Belgrade ground out a 0-0 home draw against Napoli on the Serbian side's Champions League debut. Wastefully curled an effort off-target early in the second half before seeing PSV's goalkeeper claw out a better hit.