Messi scores hat-trick as Barca beat PSV

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His father revealed to ESPN at the time that there had been an approach from Barca and Lozano confirmed that on Monday.

In the first period they successfully shut down most of Barca's attacks and also plotted several risky breaks, which led to Mexico global Hirving Lozano firing narrowly over the bar after the interval. "My agent told me there was interest from Barcelona", Lozano told Marca.

"The only thing I have asked them is not to ask Messi for the shirt when we're playing".

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

"Thanks to God I'm able to". And, the Blaugrana are one of the clubs that have been interested in signing him, alongside Manchester United.

"It's the most important game of my career so far, a game against a great team, in a great stadium against really good players".

Barcelona's talisman is one of the best free-kick takers in the world, and he's delivered once again with an absolutely stunning strike against PSV.

Despite leading the Catalans to a league and cup double last season, though, the forward has been overlooked for a string of individual awards in recent months.

Barcelona will be back in UEFA Champions League action on Tuesday night, commencing with their comfortable outing against Eredivisie side PSV Eindhoven at the Camp Nou.

"That is part of being a professional, to always be concentrating".

He added that Barca were more than a one-man show.

Barcelona lost to Roma in the quarterfinals of the tournament, blowing a 4-1 aggregate lead from the first leg. Lionel Messi & Co. are coming off a come-from-behind 2-1 victory over Real Sociedad in a La Liga match Saturday and will look to get their Champions League campaign started on the right foot in what is a treacherous group. It is true that he is the best in the world, although sometimes he does not win the Ballon d'Or.

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