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Lionel Messi Scores His Eighth Champions League Hat-Trick

Lionel Messi Scores His Eighth Champions League Hat-Trick

My first job is to make plays in the midfield, in the middle it's more hard as I have to hold on to the ball and help my teammates.

Gameday 1 marked the long-awaited return of proper Champions League soccer, and it nearly looked like Messi and Co. never left.

Despite Real Madrid dominating the competition for the past three years, the exits of Zinedine Zidane and Cristiano Ronaldo this summer may stop them from winning it for a fourth consecutive season. It is true that he is the best in the world, although sometimes he does not win the Ballon d'Or.

"I only played with Leo when he made his Barca debut in 2005 but even by then, you could tell that he was destined for greatness", Van Bommel told reporters. As long as we win the game they can do what they want.

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.

Former Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur striker, Dimitar Berbatov, has predicted two clubs that will reach the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League finals.

"Watch the matches live on Astro TV and Astro GO", he said. After firing PSV to the Eredivisie title with 17 goals in 2017/18, Lozano has started this season like a man on fire, too. Him and Ousmane Dembele have settled into the squad, so they should ensure there isn't as much reliance on Messi to produce moments of individual brilliance. But Messi managed just six goals in last season's tournament.