Earlier, NAIJ.com had reported how Spanish La Liga champions Barcelona on Tuesday night, September 18, began their campaign in the 2018/19 Champions League will an emphatic 4-0 win over visiting PSV Eindhoven.
After Messi broke the deadlock courtesy of a set-piece just past the half-hour mark, Ousmane Dembele doubled Barca's lead 16 minutes from the end.
Messi has made clear his determination to go all the way in Europe this season and the Argentine duly scored the first goal of the 2018-19 group stage from a superb first-half free-kick.
Inter Milan struck two late goals to secure a stunning 2-1 victory over Tottenham in the other Group B match.
"There was a lot to enjoy [about the performance] but there are points we have to improve and we have to keep on working". Last year, Barcelona's rival, Real Madrid, captured its third straight Champions League title and fourth in five seasons.
"Messi makes extraordinary things look routine", Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said. Today he scored three goals, with the free kick coming at the moment we needed it in terms of opening the game up.
"He is an unbalancing player and he is scoring important goals".
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Mauro Icardi's superb volley levelled the scores in the 86th minute and Matias Vecino headed a stoppage-time victor at the San Siro.
Suarez then teed up Messi for his third as the Argentina global calmly slotted home from 10 yards away to put the result even further out of reach. Lionel Messi named the captain of Barcelona.
"We can still get better".
Meanwhile, Valverde also lauded Messi following his Champions League heroics.
In the group's other match, Mauro Icardi volleyed in a superb equaliser for Inter against Tottenham and Matias Vecino headed in the victor in injury time to complete a 2-1 win for the Italian club on its return to Europe's top competition.
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.