Lionel Messi overtakes Cristiano Ronaldo's phenomenal Champions League record

Van Bommel PSV coach in the pre Barcelona press conference

He has now scored 104 goals in the competition and has netted in a 14th consecutive Champions League campaign - a joint record with Real Madrid legend Raul.

Messi has lifted the Champions League four times with Barca since making his debut in 2004, although the Catalans have underachieved in the competition since last winning it in 2015.

Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring a goal during the UEFA Champions' League group B football match FC Barcelona against PSV Eindhoven at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on September 18, 2018.

Curiously, it's the third hat-trick that he has scored in first game of the group phase.

"Normally if you score a hat-trick you frame it. Messi makes the extraordinary look routine", Valverde said while praising Messi's first goal.

Messi, now Barcelona's captain after Andres Iniesta's departure, looks to have put another disappointing World Cup behind him - he scored once as Argentina lost in the last 16 in Russian Federation.

While Messi once again stole the headlines, there was another impressive performance from Dembele, who scored his fifth goal of the season after spinning two defenders and curling home from 25 yards.

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Daniel Sturridge opened the scoring for the Reds in the 30th minute with a fine header from an Andy Robertson cross.

Here's to lots more Messi magic in the Champions League this season.

It took some time for Dembele to find his footing tonight after producing a tame first-half performance but, after the restart, the 21-year-old exploded into life and lit up the Camp Nou with a fine finish - his importance to this side can not be questioned on recent evidence.

There were dramatic late goals around Europe, including for Inter Milan against Tottenham Hotspur, and winning starts for several of the leading contenders, with Atletico Madrid battling back to beat Monaco.

Galatasaray returned to the Champions League by beating Lokomotiv Moscow 3-0 in Group D.

The hosts had Badou Ndiaye sent off in the 87th for a second booking but increased the margin of victory in stoppage time courtesy of a Selcuk Inan strike.

On 13 minutes Porto were awarded a spot kick but keeper Ralf Faehrmann picked the right corner and spectacularly palmed Alex Telles' penalty to safety.

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