Lionel Messi overtakes Cristiano Ronaldo's phenomenal Champions League record

Tanya Simon
September 19, 2018

Today he scored three goals, with the free kick coming at the moment we needed it in terms of opening the game up.

Messi inherited the captain's armband after Andres Iniesta departed last June and made a pointed speech about his team's recent failings in the Champions League last month, telling fans on the Nou Camp pitch: "I promise to do everything to bring that lovely trophy back here".

It means he now holds the record outright for most hat-tricks in the competition, one more than arch rival Cristiano Ronaldo.

PSG was down 2-0 after 36 minutes following goals from Daniel Sturridge and Milner but managed to fight back as Thomas Meunier pulled one back before Mbappe leveled.

Those two had not played well though, and Mbappe was caught in possession just before Firmino, on as a substitute, struck the victor in the second minute of stoppage time.

Barcelona have started their UEFA Champions League campaign with a comfortable 4-nil victory over Dutch team PSV Eindhoven, thanks to Messi's stunning hat trick. This rules him out of Barcelona's next Champions League game away to Tottenham Hotspur on October 3.

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Messi scored his second goal only two minutes later when Ivan Rakitic's pass was netted home for Barcelona's third goal. But the 4-0 was too much today.

The American, who hadn't played since August 26 due to muscular problems, came on with around 20 minutes remaining and scored in the 85th when Matej Mitrovic's attempted clearance rebounded off his shin and looped in over Brugge goalkeeper Karlo Letica.

"I do not care who gets Leo's shirt after the game".

He struggled massively during the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Lionel Messi could score just one goal for Argentina during the mega-event in Russian Federation.

The former Liverpool man was sensational tonight, and his link-up play with Lionel Messi was a sight to behold as the pair played with a telepathic understanding of each-other.

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