Ivan Rakitic wants many more goals from Lionel Messi after the Barcelona captain scored a hat trick in the club’s Champions League 4-0 rout of PSV at the Nou Camp on Tuesday.
Messi set the tone with a trademark free-kick as the five-time Ballon d’Or winner recorded the 48th hat trick of his illustrious career and eighth in the Champions League – more than any other player in the competition’s history.
“That foot is impressive and he has scored another wonderful goal,” Rakitic said.
“I hope he doesn’t stop and that many more go in.
“This game was tough for us at first, which is normal since this is the Champions League and it’s the first game.
“They were very motivated and they have started their league season well. It was a game of good effort, but we can still improve. You can always improve and we look at the small details from every match. We know we’re not 100 per cent.”