Lionel Messi's seemingly endless love affair with the Champions League continued with another virtuoso two-goal performance on Wednesday for Barcelona.
Two typically ruthless finishes earned the 2009 champions a 2-0 Group D victory over FC Copenhagen to propel Barcelona a point clear of the Danes at the top of the standings with seven from a possible nine after three games.
Messi once again proved the difference for his club as he has so often already this season.
Top scorer in last edition, the forward netted his third goal in the 19th minute when he controlled a pass from Andres Iniesta and lashed the ball into the top left corner from just outside the area.
The home side controlled the rest of the match comfortably enough but lacked their usual cutting edge and Messi had to wait until second-half added time for his second of the night and 27th in 35 Champions League games over the last four seasons.