Lionel Messi started this season’s Champions League with a bang; scoring hat trick in Barcelona’s 4-0 trouncing of PSV on Tuesday at Camp Nou.

After initially finding it hard to penetrate the defense of the Dutch giants, Messi broke the deadlock in the 32nd minute at the Nou Camp with a breathtaking free kick, curling the ball over the wall and right into the top near corner.

Barca had to wait till the 75th minute before they doubled their lead 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.

Messi got his second and Barca’s third goal two minutes later, turning Ivan Rakitic’s dinked pass into the near corner with one flick of his boot and then completed his treble in the 87th by receiving another chipped pass, this time from Luis Suarez, and ruthlessly smashing home.

With Barcelona hoping for a sixth Champions League title this season, they will be proud of how they have hit the ground running.

In the other group game, Inter Milan came from behind to snatch a late 2-1 win over troubled Tottenham Hotspur.

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