Messi sparkles in 2018/19 Champions League opener (photo credit: EPA)

Lionel Messi bagged his 48th career hat-trick as Barcelona walloped Netherlands champions PSV in their opening Champions League group game.

The Argentinean curled home a stunning free-kick to open the scoring before Luis Suarez’s 20-yard lob hit the crossbar.

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But brilliant Ousmane Dembele later blasted home Barcelona’s second from outside the box.

Messi half-volleyed Ivan Rakitic’s aerial pass home for their third before Catalan giants Samuel Umtiti was sent off for two yellow cards.

The 10 men got a fourth goal when Suarez picked out Messi, who guided the ball past goalkeeper Jeroen Zoet from 15 yards.

The other game in Group B saw Inter Milan come from a goal down to humble Tottenham 2-1 at the San Siro.