Barcelona vs. PSV Eindhoven - Football Match Report


Lionel Messi scored his eighth Champions League hat-trick as Barcelona thrashed Dutch champions PSV Eindhoven in their opening group game.

The 25-year-old has been recently linked with a move to the Camp Nou after helping France win their second ever World Cup title in Russian Federation in July. He has six goals in seven games already, including two in a 7-0 away win at ADO Den Haag at the weekend.

PSV Eindhoven begin the Champions League season against Barcelona.

"I did well at the World Club, which meant a lot of teams came to see me [play], which was nice", he said in a news conference, reiterating what he'd previously told ESPN Deportes.

'My agents told me that Barca asked about me and it would be a dream to play here in the future, but now the important thing is focusing on PSV and enjoying it as much as possible'.

"It's a dream come true [to play at Camp Nou]", he added.

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Barcelona's talisman is one of the best free-kick takers in the world, and he's delivered once again with an absolutely stunning strike against PSV.

Lionel Messi seems determined to rule the UEFA Champions League again.

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

Van Bommel, who was No.2 to Bert van Marwijk with Australia at the World Cup in Russian Federation, wants his Dutch league leaders to stay professional as they begin the Champions League campaign facing the player he called the best in the world.

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