FC Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi has set a remarkable hat-trick record in the UEFA Champions League following his side’s 4-0 win over PSV Eindhoven on Tuesday night, leaving Juventus striker Cristiano Ronaldo in his wake.
Prior to Tuesday’s fixture against PSV, the Argentine was tie with Ronaldo on seven Champions League hat-tricks.
However, Messi’s lethal display against the Dutch side saw the 31-year-old add yet another UCL hat-trick to his name, meaning he has now scored more hat-tricks in the competition than any other player in history, as per Opta Sports.
The forward opened the scoring with a free-kick goal in the 32nd minute, before adding his second with 13 minutes to go. He then capped his display with a third strike three minutes from time. Messi has begun the 2018/19 season in superb form, scoring seven goals and assisting a further three strikes in six matches for the Blaugrana so far.