Lionel Messi hat-trick gets Barcelona off to a flyer

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At the start of the season, Messi had spoke about making the Champions League a priority for the Blaugrana and he's well and truly set the bar with his performance tonight.

Coutinho, who has not featured regularly from the start for Barca, has now claimed that being compared to the 2010 FIFA World Cup victor is "tough". "My agent told me there was interest from Barcelona", Lozano told Marca.

Here's to lots more Messi magic in the Champions League this season. "I never thought I would".

Earlier, had reported how Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi reportedly told the club to sign Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba.

"Messi, like all of us, is really motivated to win big things [this season] and the Champions League is one of them".

"It's the most important game of my career so far, a game against a great team, in a great stadium against really good players". It is true that he is the best in the world, although sometimes he does not win the Ballon d'Or.

"That is part of being a professional, to always be concentrating".

Briefly teammates with Messi at Barcelona between 2005-06, Van Bommel didn't hold back in Monday's news conference.

The Spanish champions began to demonstrate the gulf in class as the second half progressed and they doubled their lead in the 75th minute through a lovely curling strike from in-form French forward Ousmane Dembele, who scored a fifth goal from sixth games in all competitions this season.

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