At Wembley, as rightly predicted, there was plenty of goals to savour and Messi was in the thick of a lot of them. "It's an honour to play alongside him".
Ernesto Valverde's men had failed to win their last three games and looked nervy in the closing stages, but Messi capitalised on poor defending in the last minute to ensure his team join Inter on maximum points after two games in Group B.
Messi scored twice in an excellent attacking display from the Spanish champions, who were twice pegged back in a breathless second half.
Winks made five Champions League appearances for Spurs last season on their run to the last-16 where they were eliminated by Juventus, and the 22-year-old England worldwide, who broke into the first team at White Hart Lane in 2016, has relished the opportunity to learn from Europe's finest as Tottenham seek to establish themselves as a regular presence on the continent. We're not going to leave any competition to one side.
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Tottenham allowed Messi time to curl a pass to Jordi Alba on the left and with keeper Hugo Lloris, back from injury, charging out Alba cut the ball back to Coutinho who drilled home through a gaggle of defenders.
Perhaps he is becoming to Barcelona what Karim Benzema is for Real Madrid - a tireless centre-forward whose worth to the team is far greater than what he delivers in the goals column. If you watch the game, in the first half - how many chances did Messi have?
In Naples, a late goal from Insigne gave Napoli a lone goal win over Napoli while Inter Milan, the other Italian team in action on Wednesday also secured victory; beating PSV 2-1 away from home.
You weren't supposed to be watching him, Kieran, you were supposed to be trying to tackle him.
Messi then put Barca 3-1 in front at the end of another flowing move, only for Erik Lamela to pull another back for Spurs with a deflected shot from the edge of the penalty area.
A gallant Tottenham side, missing the likes of Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen and Jan Vertonghen, nearly levelled when Lucas Moura's shot deflected wide but Messi ended their resistance after again being picked out by Alba. Spurs bounced back by winning their last two Premier League matches.